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Vanuatu : Travel Health

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

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Please note that this health information about Vanuatu may be out-of-date.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 Vanuatu

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

More Common Diseases and Medical Concerns for Vanuatu

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

Vaccinations for Travel to Vanuatu

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

  • 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 Vanuatu

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

  • Take your malaria prevention medication before/during/after travel as directed
  • 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
  • cyclones can occur - take care and heed local precautions
  • Earthquakes can occur - take care and heed local precautions
  • volcanic activity can occur - take care and heed local precautions
  • typhoons can occur - take care and heed local precautions

Other Relevant Issues for Travel to Vanuatu

The following may be issues relevant to travel to Vanuatu:

  • medical care is substandard
 

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