Find out about Indonesia's vaccination programme and what to do if your child falls ill...
Health care in Indonesia is fairly basic and all visitors - either short stay or long term - are strongly advised to have medical insurance whilst staying in the country. There are no free medical services in the country, aside from charitable organisations that have been set up to help poorer Indonesian families, and many facilities require payment before treatment is given.
There are a wide range of health insurance products available. Many provide an emergency evacuation service which means that in extreme medical emergencies, the patient can be flown out to another country, often Singapore or Australia, for care. The cost will be covered by the insurer.
Mother and baby clinics can be found throughout Indonesia. At the first visit, parents receive a list of recommended vaccinations and dates for each vaccination.
The Indonesian Ministry of Health mandates the following vaccinations for babies:
- Birth: Hepatitis B 0
- Month 1: Tuberculosis (BCG); Polio 1
- Month 2: Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (DPT); Hepatitis B 1; Polio 2
- Month 3: Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (DPT); Hepatitis B 2; Polio 3
- Month 4: Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (DPT); Hepatitis B 3; Polio 4
- Month 9: Measles
Some schools provide vaccinations, particularly to kindergarten, elementary and high school levels, as part of their services. Normally hepatitis A and B vaccinations are offered to junior and senior high level pupils. Schools obtain parents' written approval for this programme. Health records including vaccination data are required for enrollment at international schools.
Families are advised to locate their nearest health clinic or medical facility when they arrive, and find out whether they have any English-speaking staff. Most big towns and cities have group practice medical clinics, which provide a whole range of services from general doctors to physiotherapists.
- A list of medical facilities in Indonesia can be found on the Australian Embassy website for Indonesia: Click here
Another useful source of information on medical clinics is on the International SOS website. The organisation runs more than 40 sites in Indonesia, offering a large number of services including immunisation programmes which might be necessary for young children.
Children's hospitals and emergencies
Developed areas such as Bali and Jakarta have many hospitals, with emergency rooms, but this is rarely the case outside major metropolitan areas.