Health Risks in Ireland



Another important thing to establish before the big move would be to ensure that you are ready for any health risks you might encounter in your new Ireland home.

Most common health risks in Ireland are related to food, as this is what most expats are exposed to. Irish food usually has some meat or pork in it, so first thing you need to make sure of is that your meal was well-cooked.

There is a great risk of getting a bevy of diseases from undercooked food, two of which are bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease [nvCJD].

Although illnesses like Hepatitis A, cholera, typhoid fever, and parasitic diseases are not a common occurrence in Ireland, these are some health risks that you need to look out for and make sure you are safe from.

There are vaccines that you can get before your travel to Ireland to lessen your risk for these diseases. However, for a more comprehensive coverage, you may want to secure private health insurance in Ireland in addition to public health coverage.

However, Ireland's bigger health threats are mostly related to lifestyle. The country's most notorious killers are diseases related to the circulatory system. In fact, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is Ireland's most prominent cause of death.

While there is no vaccine to avoid such a health risk, a control of one's eating habits, and observing a steady exercise regimen would be an expat's best way of avoiding this ‘silent killer'.

Interestingly, another major cause of hospitalization in Ireland is related to motor vehicle trauma. This is another situation that you would find hard to get ready for, but you can do the best you can by driving with a seatbelt on and avoiding driving when you have just shared a Guinness with your Irish colleagues.