Why you should consider the flu vaccine

A lot of people think they do NOT need a flu jab. Comments like I was never sick until I had the flu vaccination are not uncommon.

All good doctors can do is repeat the same boring – but evidence-based – advice.

Your immunity is not getting any better when you get older

Your chances of catching flu when you get older increases.

Do I need vitamin supplements?

We need vitamins and minerals for a good health. Some vitamins need to be eaten daily and others we can store. Should you be topping up?

Vitamins are divided into fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins.

You can store supplies of fat-soluble vitamins in your fatty tissues and liver and use them up when you need them.

Dizziness (lightheadedness)

I feel lightheaded….I feel dizzy….It is a complaint that is not unusual. Could it be the traffic or life in Jakarta? It is usually not a sign of anything serious. We do advise, it should be investigated by a doctor.

Some people use the word dizziness to describe a feeling of lightheadedness or off balance.



I want to discuss rabies again, but I decided to call this newsletter monkeys. As a healthcare provider we cannot warn you enough about rabies and monkeys! Although you might think it is all rare in Jakarta, we find that you are at risk if you are not protecting yourself.


Depression is more than feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. More than 300 million people suffer with depression according to the WHO. It is the leading cause for mental and physical disability. What would you do when you are feeling low in Jakarta?

Most people have periods of feeling down,

Cold in the Tropics….

A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It’s very common especially during the rainy season that seems to go on forever. It usually clears up on its own within a week or two.

The main symptoms of a cold include:

  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • sneezing
  • a cough

More severe symptoms,


Sex happens. Diseases are around and we feel it is important that you have some knowledge to help you or others. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from one person to another through unprotected sex or genital contact.

You can be tested for STIs at several clinics in Jakarta. It can be expensive to have all the tests (3 million rupiah or more) and prevention is obviously a cheaper and a more healthy solution.

Staying Alive

What would you do in Jakarta when you are with someone who is seriously injured in an incident. Many deaths could be prevented if first aid is given before emergency services arrive or before they are reached. This article is written to give you an idea what to do and to make you aware about your skills.