What are the principle health risks in Nepal? Is there any mandatory vaccination we need to take?
The most common health complaint in any developing nation is upset stomach diarrhea, vomiting. In many cases, the illness may be attributed merely to a change in diet, but occasional cases of food poisoning can occur, where the symptoms occur very quickly, severely and explosively. These are seldom serious or extended illnesses, but medical treatment should be sought if it occurs. Comprehensive travel insurance covers this. Tap water cannot be considered safe to drink anywhere in Nepal, and so only bottled, boiled, filtered or iodine-treated water should be consumed. Once again it is worth remembering that this applies equally when showering and cleaning teeth. Our host families fill up water bottles each morning with boiled water (often freshly boiled) and there are taps on site if we need more and have iodine to treat it with. We encourage everyone to drink plenty of water as the high humidity will make you sweat significantly.
There is no mandatory vaccination you have to have to enter into the country. We recommend that you ask your medical doctor for advice about vaccinations. Generally, immunizations for Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Tetanus, plus medication to prevent Malaria, are very important for traveling to Nepal. If you have any sort of allergy please let us know in the beginning of the program so that we can manage the appropriate setting according to your health condition.