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Fiji : Travel Health

WARNING! This information is out-dated and likely to be inaccurate!

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Please note that this health information about Fiji may be out-of-date. Always research the current health conditions and issues in any region you plan to visit prior to departure.

Infectious Diseases and Medical Concerns for Fiji

The following medical diseases or health concerns are more common in travel to Fiji (compared to the USA and other areas of the Western World):

More Common Diseases and Medical Concerns for Fiji

The following health concerns or diseases are more commonly found in Fiji compared to the USA and other areas of the Western World:

  • motor vehicle trauma - wear seatbelts and avoid night driving
  • ciguatera poisoning
  • corals, jellyfish and sea snakes may cause injury in marine waters
  • sharks may cause injury in marine waters
  • drownings may occur in coastal waters

Uncommon or Rare Diseases and Medical Concerns for Fiji

These medical diseases or health concerns are uncommon or rare in Fiji:

  • yellow fever - no current risk but vaccination certification may be required for entry

Vaccinations for Travel to Fiji

The following medical vaccinations are desirable or helpful for travel to Fiji to prevent contagious diseases in Fiji:

  • hepatitis A - or immune globulin (IG)
  • hepatitis B if not already vaccinated
  • rabies - if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or recreation
  • typhoid
  • tetanus - booster dose as needed
  • diphtheria - booster dose as needed
  • measles - booster dose as needed

Preventions or Health Precautions for Travel to Fiji

Any health risk of travel to Fiji may be reduced by the following precautionary health measures when visiting Fiji:

  • high rate of motor vehicle trauma - avoid night driving and wear seatbelts
  • mosquito bite prevention
  • insect bite protection
  • avoid drinking non-treated water - only drink bottled or canned water
  • eat only thoroughly cooked food or fruits and vegetables you have peeled yourself
  • keep feet clean and dry - help prevent parasitic infections
  • do not go barefoot - help prevent parasitic infections
  • always use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • don't eat food purchased from street vendors
  • don't drink beverages with ice
  • don't share needles with anyone
  • don't handle animals (especially monkeys/dogs/cats) - to avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague - risk for travelers is small)
  • don't swim in fresh water. Salt water is usually safer
  • Earthquakes may occur - take care and heed local precautions
  • cyclones may occur - take care and heed local precautions
  • rips and strong currents may make swimming dangerous

Other Relevant Issues for Travel to Fiji

The following may be issues relevant to travel to Fiji:

  • medical care is substandard, hospital beds are limited and modern technology is lacking
 

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