Health Risks in Kazakhstan

 

 

There are no required vaccinations for anyone traveling to Kazakhstan because there are no major health risks. However, a number of diseases do pose risks and precautions are highly recommended, including vaccinations and taking out a private health insurance in Kazakhstan.

Hepatitis A and typhoid fever are two diseases one may acquire when consuming contaminated food or drinks. Hepatitis E, which is transmitted through the oral-fecal route, may also be acquired through food and water that is handled unhygienically. Hepatitis B and C may infect a person through an exchange of blood with someone who is already infected. Most at risk are those who work in medical facilities while hepatitis B could also be acquired through sexual contact with locals.

Expats who will be coming to Kazakhstan to work in an animal facility should be extra cautious about rabies while those who will be working in mountains and forests, especially from April through June, should watch out for tick-born encephalitis. In Almaty, both meningitis and encephalitis have been noted. Other health risks include tuberculosis and tetanus.

Vaccination will be the best way to protect any expat from any of these diseases in Kazakhstan. Hence, one must consult a travel health specialist to obtain these vaccinations on a correct schedule and ensure that one is protected by the time he arrives. And because healthcare in this country will often not be enough, expats should always come ready with a comprehensive international health insurance in Kazakhstan that includes evacuation when necessary.