My 3 and 4 yr old and I are going to Bali in July and I'm wondering what (if any) vax they will need..
I'm totally up to date which is great but Do 3 and 4 yr old's need Hep shots? Typhoid? They are up to date on all their other vaccinations but I can't remember what they have had and what they haven't and it's been a while since I went any where so not sure what they need.
Any advice... Did you vaccinate your young kids when going to Bali?
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06-05-2014 22:21 #1
What vax do we need before going to Bali?
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http://smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/v...vice/Indonesia - Have a read of the Health section.
I'd also visit your GP for some advice.
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07-05-2014 13:37 #3
You dont need vaccinations for Bali. We travel there a couple of times a year with our kids - now 6 and 7. I do take my own medical kit with
- kids panadol/nurofen
- polaramine (kid friendly antihistamine)
- soov cream for bites and cuts
The smoothies and juice is fine to have. Fruit that has skins is fine to have - oranges/ watermelon etc. I havent come across a restaraunt yet that wont cater for kids.
if you do get stuck the chemists are very good.
take a swimmers shampoo if any of you are fair headed.
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07-05-2014 15:42 #4
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07-05-2014 16:43 #6
I think it's best to see your GP before travelling just to check.
A friend of mine picked up hep A from a trip to Bali - he wasn't vaccinated and was very unwell (ended up in hospital). He stayed in a nice hotel and ate from great restaurants.
ETA I used to organise a lot of overseas travel for work colleagues and we'd always send them to a travel Dr in the months leading up to travel, just to be on the safe side.
Last edited by Taiyed; 07-05-2014 at 16:47.
07-05-2014 16:54 #7
We ended up going to the travel dr today on advice from friends and the kids got hep A and Typhoid and Dh and I got a couple of boosters as well.
Our arms are throbbing... I think I'm complaining more than the kids but I feel a whole lot less anxious about the trip now.
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30-05-2014 23:55 #8
I work for a travel medicine clinic and would very highly recommend Hep A vax for all family members- dont forget to go back in 6-12mths for your booster and then you will all have immunity for life
I would also make sure your Measles vax is up to date, it is usually age dependent as to what childhood vax schedule you were on - many people born between 1966 and mid 80s have waning MMR status - you can get a blood test to confirm immunity. There have been a lot of measles cases coming into Oz from SE Asia, and the WHO was recently involved in a mass vax campaign in Bali due to increase measles outbreak.
Just a warning about Rabies - there has been a significant increase in Rabies cases in Bali, and being a developing country many pets are not immunised and street dogs are plentiful. Rabies is a fatal disease! It can be carried by any mammal - so please stay away from any dogs, cats, monkeys (Do not got to the Monkey Forest!_ etc -at our clininc we treat 3-4 clients per week for Rabies exposure, many from Bali. Rabies is carried in saliva, so any bite or scratch need to be treated as a Rabies exposure and a medical emergency - in Bali you need to go immediately to the International Medical Centre (BIMC) - you will need 5 vax and Human Immunoglubulin injected in the wound, but should wait until you get to Oz for that as it is a Human blood product.
Really any traveller should be seeking health advice from a reputable Travel Doctor before travel - esp children and esp if travel is to a developing country.
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