Mainly renowned for beer, chocolate, mussels and fries, Belgium has so much more to offer! This Western European country may not have the best natural wonders, but it has the finest culture. From brilliant painters to talented musicians and singers, Belgian art has always been flourishing. The country’s cartoon strip industry is known worldwide thanks to Tintin and The Smurfs, among many others. The incredibly welcoming and open-minded Belgian people know how to live, and how to laugh! Bizarre Carnival parades and festivals take place here and they have nothing to envy to Rio or Venice. Who said Belgium was boring?
INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH
We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.
For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.
BELGIUM – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine||Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough): 1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.|
|Measles – Rubella – Mumps||Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.|
|Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies||For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.|
|Flu – Influenza||Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.|
|Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella)||Recommended for all travelers|
|Hepatitis A||Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”|
|Hepatitis B||Consider for most travelers; recommended for those who might be exposed to blood or other body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).|
|Tick-borne Encephalitis||Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.|
|Lyme disease||Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.|
|Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea||Azithromycin or Suprax|
The degradation of the public health care system is obvious everywhere in Belarus. Due to a severe lack of funds, the medical infrastructure is insufficient and dilapidated, while the medical equipment is archaic. As a result, medical care in Belarus is of extremely poor quality. Very few private medical establishments are found in the country. The Ecomedservice and the Nordin medical centers in Minsk are two of them.
In case of emergency in Belarus, call 103. But the waiting time can be long and ambulances are poorly equipped.
Pharmacies are usually well stocked in Belarus, but it is strongly advised that you bring basic medicines with you when traveling to the country.
Dial 112 for emergency assistance.