Bahrain Travel Vaccines and Advice
The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small archipelago lying in the Persian Gulf, East of Saudi Arabia. With its modern Arab culture combined to its rich history going back five thousand years ago, Bahrain is absolutely worth the travel! Its arid desert plains are speckled with inestimable archaeological treasures, vestiges of the Dilmun civilization. Travelers will find countless ancient burial mounds, forts, temples, mosques and other remnants of a fascinating past. Don’t miss Manama, the capital city. Located on the main island of Bahrain, the metropolis has an impressive modern skyline, sublime historical ruins and a must-see National Museum.
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR BAHRAIN
We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date-and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.
For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.
RECOMMENDED VACCINES FOR BAHRAIN
|The Yellow Fever Vaccine||
A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country.
Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details.
For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website:
|Hepatitis A||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Hepatitis B||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine||Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose.
Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough): 1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32).
*Only applicable for Quebec.
|Measles – Rubella – Mumps||Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.|
|Flu – Influenza||Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.|
|Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella)||Recommended for all travelers|
|Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever||Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”|
|Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies||For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.|
|Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC)||Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.|
RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS FOR BAHRAIN
|Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea||Azithromycin or Suprax|
MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR BAHRAIN
In case of sickness or injury, foreigners should avoid public hospitals in Bahrain, as patients are often victim of discrimination, harassment and mistreatment there. Note that health care of high quality can be found in private medical establishments, especially in the International Hospital in Jidhafs. The Bahrain Specialist Hospital in Manama and the American Mission Hospital in Saar offer satisfying medical and emergency services as well.
If you need an ambulance in Bahrain, call 999.
It is easy to find a pharmacy in Bahrain. Many medicines are available here. They are usually following international standards. Be aware that antidepressants, tranquilizers and sleeping drugs can however be hard to find and that many medicines are not sold without a prescription. Always bring your own first aid kit.
If there are injuries, call 999; if there are no injuries, call 199.