Medical Information for Families Arriving in Indonesia
1. Obtain complete medical records
Everyone in your family should arrive with complete medical records. It is always good practice to keep your records and immunizations complete and up to date. Bring a list of your doctor's names, addresses and phone numbers for possible ongoing care, long distance consultations and to make appointments for home leave.
2. Medical and health concerns
It is a recommendation for you to have a complete medical check up before departure and bring the records. Bring copies of your children's immunizations and recent TB skin test for school admission. Check your private health insurance and company medical plan for coverage while living abroad, including the coverage available if you should need to be medically evacuated. If anyone in your family requires special medication, bring an extra supply to last until your next home leave in the event the medication is not available in Indonesia. Keep a letter from your doctor handy just in case you are stopped and questioned by the airport officials. Bring a basic first aid kid and a limited selection of over the counter health aids, such as headache medicines, cold remedies and cough medicine, until you become familiar with what is available in Indonesia.
3. Complete Immunizations records
Be sure that each child's immunization record is up to date with MMR, Polio & D.P.T before school admission. Please refer to the Parent Handbook for further information.
Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the whole country except in Jakarta municipality, big cities and within the areas of the tourists resorts of Bali and Java.
Your children must have current TB skin tests, or proof of BCG vaccination within the last five years before school admission. TB skin test is available in Indonesia.
This vaccine is recommended for those living or visiting in Indonesia.
Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for persons living in Indonesia.
Hepatitis B vaccine is available in a series of three shots and is recommended for persons living in Indonesia.
4. Health of Domestic Staff
Most expat families employ one or more people to help with food preparations, laundry, cleaning, gardening, childcare and security. Some of these people may live in your house, while others may go home every day. It is important that you know that your staff is in good health. Most clinics and hospitals offer a medical screening, which consists of chest x-ray for TB and blood tests for Hepatitis B and stool examinations. The cost of the doctor's visit and medical check-up are your responsibility. If you have already hired this person and he/she requires treatment, you may be expected to pay.
5. Routine Medical care - Choosing a Medical Care Facility
For a list of Medical Facilities in Indonesia, visit the website www.Expat.or.id
6. Dental care
Routine dental care is available in major cities in Indonesia. (See AWA, Jakarta Shopper's Guide for recommended clinics)
The British International School has a comprehensive medical department. The Health Officer Kim Okewunmi is available by phone 7451671 Ext 204 or email email@example.com to answer any of your queries.