Azerbaijan Health Care and Vaccinations
The health service provides free medical treatment for all citizens. However, state-run services in Azerbaijan are limited. All visitors are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance. It is advisable to take a supply of those medicines that are likely to be required (but check first that they may be legally imported). Travellers are advised to take out an insurance policy which includes emergency repatriation in case of serious illness or accident.
Food and Drink
All water should be regarded as being a potential health risk. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Some parts of Baku have their own water supply from natural mineral springs. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
Vaccinations against hepatitis B and tuberculosis are sometimes advised. There may be some risk of meningitis, tick-borne encephalitis and leishmaniasis. Rabies is present in some areas. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.
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