Health Risks in Indonesia



Relocating to a new country often brings a wave of excitement, especially when the whole family is moving.

The practical considerations such as ensuring everyone's health, however, should not be put aside, whether this is through a private health insurance Indonesia or the state's social insurance.

When coming to Indonesia, it helps to know most of the health risks are related to mosquito bites and may exist at any time of the year. Possible resulting diseases include dengue fever, malaria, Chikungunya fever or CHIKV and bird flu. Because these are mosquito-borne diseases, it is wise to make sure the whole family has a stock of mosquito repellents and the house is free of stagnant water which can be a breeding ground for these insects.

Aside from mosquito bite-related risks, diarrhea can also be a cause for concern for expats, especially those who are new to the country. It is generally not safe to drink water from directly from faucets, thus, filtering and boiling of water is advised even for brushing one's teeth. Eating undercooked fish, meat and vegetables should also be avoided as well as drinking unpasteurized milk.

Aside from taking the necessary vaccinations, strengthening one's immune system simply by living a healthy lifestyle can boost one's resistance enough to make the health risks insignificant. Still, it is best to see a doctor at least three weeks before travel to Indonesia so proper preventive measures may be taken. Also, an international health insurance policy in Indonesia can be a good way to improve an expat's sense of security.