Travel Vaccinations for the Caribbean
The Caribbean, made up of thousands of incredible islands, is a destination to behold. It's the perfect winter getaway for every Briton.
Before going on your holiday, it's important that you have the right preparation in place. Like anywhere, it can be dangerous to go without the right vaccinations. As the climate and area are different, there are plenty of diseases that are not native to the UK. Though, you not required to get vaccinated legally, it's best to play it safe and to get vaccinated beforehand.
What vaccinations do you need for the Caribbean?
Though your chances of contracting a disease while on vacation in the Caribbean are rare, you should consider getting these vaccines before you go:
- Hepatitis A and Typhoid
- Hepatitis B, Rabies, and Yellow Fever
- Zika and Malaria
Some diseases are more common on some islands than others. Yellow Fever, for example, is a risk on Trinidad and Tobago due to its proximity to South America.
Do you need vaccinations for Barbados?
No specific vaccinations are needed to visit Barbados, but there are diseases that you should be aware of before you go and generally have your current vaccinations up to date.
Two vaccinations you should consider getting on top of booster shots are:
- The Hepatitis A Vaccination
- The Hepatitis B Vaccination
Consult your doctor beforehand to see if you need booster shots for your vaccinations and about getting at least the Hepatitis A vaccination.
Is there malaria in the Caribbean?
There are both cases of Zika and Malaria in the Caribbean, but with the right precautions, you can minimise the risk of contracting these diseases. There are antimalarial medications you can take to reduce your risk of infection up to 90%, but you'll always want to cover up in jungle areas, wear mosquito repellent, and know the symptoms so you can get immediate help if needed.
Of course, this means that having travel insurance is imperative. You want to be covered in case of medical emergencies, disease, or even injury.
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