It is also advisable to be vaccinated against cholera, typhoid and paratyphoid. If you intend staying in Indonesia for sometime, particularly outside of the big cities, gammaglobulin injections are recommended; they won’t stop hepatitis, but many physicians believed that the risk of infection is greatly reduced. Diarrhoea may be a problem: it can be prevented by a daily dose of Doxycycline, an antibiotic used to prevent “traveller diarrhoea”.
Obtain this from your doctor at home. At the first signs of stomach discomfort, try a diet of hot tea and a little patience. Stomach upsets are often a reaction to a change in food and environment. Proprietary brands of tablets such as Lomotil and Imodium are invaluable cures. A supply of malaria suppresant tablets is also highly recommended. Make sure the suppresants are effective against all the strain was resistant to the usual kind of malarial prohylactic (chloroquine). Consult your physician.
All water, including well water, municipal water and water used for making ice. MUST be made safe before consumption. Bringing water to a rolling boil for 10 minutes is an effective method. Iodin (Globoline) and chlorine (Halazone) may also be used to make water potable. All fruit should be carefull peeled before eaten and no raw vegetables should be eaten.
Last but not least, protect yourself against the sun. Tanning oils and creams are expensibve in Indonesia, so bring your own.
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