A traditional Indonesian temple and its surrounds at dusk.


REGION: South East Asia


The following diseases may pose a risk if you’re travelling to Indonesia. Talk to your doctor about which vaccines and medicines you may need.

Hepatitis A

This disease of the liver is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). While the symptoms are generally mild, they can become more severe and last up to 6 months.

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Hepatitis B

This disease of the liver may lead to serious illness or death. Babies and young children are most at risk of long-term, chronic illness.

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Japanese encephalitis

This virus is passed from animals – mainly pigs and wading birds – to humans via mosquitoes. While symptoms are rare, it can lead to serious, long-term complications or death.

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This infection of the liver and blood is caused by mosquito-borne parasites, and can lead to serious illness or death if not treated quickly.

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The rabies virus affects the nervous system and brain. A bite or scratch from an infected animal could put you at risk of rabies.

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This bacterial infection causes high fever and other symptoms. Spread via contaminated food and water, immunisation can help prevent infection.

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Yellow fever

This mosquito-borne virus is found in Africa and Central and South America. Proof of immunisation is needed if you are travelling from a country with risk.

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For the latest information regarding immunisation requirements for travel to Indonesia, please speak to your doctor.

Routine Immunisations

You should be up-to-date with your routine immunisations before a trip to Indonesia, too. Talk to your doctor about which routine vaccines you may need.

Chickenpox (varicella)

With its typical red blistering and itchy rash, chickenpox is a highly contagious but generally mild infection, which can cause serious complications in some people.

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While now extremely rare in Australia thanks to immunisation, diphtheria continues to cause illness overseas. It can cause life-threatening complications.

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Influenza (flu)

This highly contagious viral infection can affect anyone and can lead to serious illness. A flu vaccine is recommended every year.

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Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that causes a rash and fever. It can lead to serious, sometimes fatal, complications.

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Meningococcal disease

This rare infection can progress rapidly, causing serious long-term disability or death within 24 hours. Immunisation can help protect against common strains.

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This viral infection causes swelling of the salivary glands and fever. While rare in Australia, immunisation is recommended to help prevent cases from occuring.

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Pneumococcal disease

This potentially serious bacterial infection usually affects the very young and the elderly. Others can be at risk of complications, too.

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Polio is rare in Australia but is a serious disease that can lead to long-term disability, paralysis and death. With no cure, immunisation is important.

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Also called German measles, rubella is generally a mild infection. Yet it can have serious, lifelong consequences for unborn babies or can lead to miscarriage.

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Shingles (herpes zoster)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a disease that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox . Immunisation helps to protect you against developing this painful disease.

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Caused by bacteria commonly found in soil and manure, tetanus is a very serious disease. Immunisation is recommended to help protect against tetanus.

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Whooping cough (pertussis)

More contagious than the flu, whooping cough affects people of all ages. It can cause serious disease in babies and complications in older adults.

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AUS/VAC/0060/18 Date of approval: November 2018