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May 30 2017

Health Information for Travelers to Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza – Traveler view

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Vaccines and Medicines

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.

Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.

You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

Although rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza, it is not a major risk to most travelers. CDC recommends this vaccine only for these groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for animal bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips or moving to remote areas in Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

West Bank and Gaza: Although information on disease risks in these areas is lacking, travelers to these areas should strongly consider getting a typhoid vaccine. You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water. Typhoid vaccine is not necessarily recommended for travelers whose itineraries are limited to Israel.

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