How parents can keep their kids healthy when traveling to Israel

Parents bringing their children to Israel during the holidays will need to take special care that their children do not get sick. A lot of people bring their kids to Israel, and because they haven’t been here before, the kids will become sick because parents didn’t take the proper precautions.

You’ll want to see a general physician prior to your departure if your child has any health-related issues.

But you’ll also want to take the advice of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. A few of these recommendations are:

  • Vaccinations. You need to take vaccinations very seriously, and the routine vaccinations are the most important. These include the vaccinations for MMR, chickenpox, polio and the flu. Hepatitis A vaccinations should also be sought because contracting Hepatitis A is possible through food and water in Israel. The West Bank and Gaza are key areas where Hepatitis A exists.
  • Bring medication. If your child has any health-related issues, bring medication for the entirety of the trip. Medical document copies may also be a smart choice in the event that the child gets sick while visiting. If your child has any stomach-related issues, visiting a gastroenterologist prior to the trip for medication that may ease their stomach during a flight is recommended.
  • Medical care preparation. In the event that someone does get sick, the CDC recommends carrying a list of hospitals and doctors that are local and can assist. Bring copies of any prescriptions and also check to ensure that your prescriptions are legal in Israel.

These three steps can help you stay healthier when visiting Israel, especially in the West Bank and Gaza.

Water safety varies from region to region, but tap water is generally drinkable across Israel. If you’re trying new fruits and vegetables, it may be a smart idea to introduce these items slowly to your children.

Israel has a generally high standard for water quality, but in more remote areas, there may be some issues with drinking water.

If you’re staying in a more remote area, you may want to boil your water or have it treated. Bottled water is also another option, but it’s an added expense that many travelers don’t account for.

The CDC does note that even in the West Bank and Gaza, food and water safety standards are similar to that of the United States and other developed countries.

Bug bite concerns, which can lead to the spread of disease, are a minor concern as they are across the world. Repellent and normal preventative measures can go a long way in helping you avoid potential disease and sickness. DEET and other repellents that contain at least 20% DEET are the recommended option.

Wash your kid’s hands often, use soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. You’ll want to avoid contact with others that are sick, and if your kids do get sick, you’ll want to keep them at home for the safety of all other passengers.

Taking these precautions will ensure that your trip is as fun and illness-free as possible.

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