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Israel Health Care and Vaccinations

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

Health Care

Israel has excellent medical facilities and tourists may go to all emergency departments and first-aid centres. However, any form of medical treatment can be expensive. Health centres are marked by a red Star of David on a white background. Medical insurance is recommended.

Food and Drink

Tap water is safe to drink throughout Israel. Bottled water is widely available and is advised for the first few weeks of the stay. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. All local meat, fish and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

Other Risks

Rabies is present. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay. Also, people travelling to Israel from high-risk rabies countries should be vaccinated before entering.

There is a risk of typhoid infection in the West Bank and Gaza so vaccination is recommended for travellers heading to that area.