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Netherlands Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Yellow Fever No
Typhoid No
Tetanus Yes
Rabies No
Malaria No
Hepatitis A No
Diphtheria No

Health Care

In the event of an emergency during your visit to The Netherlands, dial 112. EU residents are entitled to free or reduced-cost treatment providing they have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which can be obtained free of charge via Travellers from other countries should find out if they are covered by other reciprocal arrangements. Australia, for example, has such an agreement as long as long as citizens carry their Medicare card. Comprehensive insurance is advised for all other nationals.

Dutch hospitals are of a very high standard, and staff at local pharmacies are trained to be able to advise on minor complaints.

Food and Drink

According to Oxfam, The Netherlands is the best country in the world for having the most plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable diet. Suffice to say, then, travellers couldn't be in a better place as far as food quality and hygiene is concerned. As in most developed nations, tap water in The Netherlands is safe to drink.

Other Risks

People visiting The Netherlands have a low risk of contracting diseases, but medical professionals advise travellers to make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccinations before every trip.

Hepatitis A and B are present around the world and can be transmitted through contaminated food, sexual contact and contaminated needles. Speak to your doctor to see if vaccinations are right for you. Rabies is present in bats in The Netherlands, but is not found in dogs. If you are planning to go caving in The Netherlands or work with bats, it may be worth having a rabies vaccination.

Perhaps the biggest health risk in The Netherlands is that of sunburn. It might not always feel hot during the summer months, but the UV rays are still strong - be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and make sure you stay hydrated.

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