Staying Healthy in Russia

General recommendations and tips

Staying Healthy in Russia

Russia shares the health risks of any European country a.k.a. no preventative measures are necessary. No vaccinations are required but some are recommended if you’re travelling to certain regions such as the Taiga Forests or Karelia.

When travelling through or moving to Russia, always be cautious of food sold outdoors. Remember to wash fruits and vegetables and try to keep your hands clean.

Since no water filtering systems are used in Russia, it’s better to avoid the tap water. While the quality of water can vary, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Bottled mineral water is widely available and affordable. If bottled water is not an option, be sure to boil the water before consumption. In some apartments and hotels the tap water is safe, as water filtering systems have been installed.

Before going overseas make sure that all of your vaccinations are up to date and you have sufficient amounts of any prescription medication you may be taking.

Information on vaccinations and other health precautions (safe food and water measures, insect bite protection) can be found on the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s hotline for international travellers.

Avoid using policlinics and go to a private clinic if you come down with something serious. You will pay more but you will recieve better treatment.

Allergies and seasonal illnesses

During the summers, some Russian cities are overrun by pukh. This cotton-like substance from poplar trees can badly irritate those with allergies. Cities are now getting rid of many but nonetheless, it can still look like a snowstorm in July.

Winters in Russia mean short days with very little sunlight. Use exercise and vitamins to fight colds.

With as big a country as Russia, it is normal that the climate varies. Winters can be mild or severe. Summer could be rainy or hot and humid. Be aware of seasonal changes and try to check the weather before your arrival.

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