Health Risks in Qatar



There are no required vaccinations for people coming to Qatar, but there remain health risks which expats must be in constant guard against. With proper awareness and the right private health insurance Qatar, these risks should be well-contained.

Rabies is one of the diseases expats may expose themselves to, especially those who will be working with animals should get vaccinated against rabies. When bitten by an animal, it is best for one to go directly to the hospital or seek medical assistance without waiting for symptoms of infection. Waterborne diseases are also common in Qatar. Tap water should be first boiled before drinking and medicine against diarrhea should always be kept in handy by any expat. Typhoid fever is another food and waterborne disease that one must be careful with.

Hepatitis B and AIDS are two other ailments that could be acquired by those who recklessly share needles or engage in unprotected sex. Health workers are usually at risk of contracting these diseases, especially those who are handling body fluids, while Avian influenza could be a threat as well in areas with poultry.

In Qatar, injuries from road accidents are considered a common health risk. Usually, the risk heightens when people drink and drive. It is best to always wear seatbelts and, for some people, even headgear to protect oneself on the road.

The country has a public health insurance system but for a full medical coverage, expats can take out international health insurance in Qatar.