Barbados, the Easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles, is truly unique. Unlike its neighboring islands which mostly have volcanic origins, Barbados is a quite flat limestone formation. Surf the huge waves crashing along its Atlantic coast… Visit Bridgetown, the World Heritage capital city… Get lost in sugarcane fields hiding luxurious old plantation houses and lush tropical gardens… Stop in a local distillery and taste one of the finest rum in the Caribbean… And be sure not to miss the renowned Oistins fish fry nights! This fishing town gets alive every weekend, offering its visitors the best fresh fish and seafood in Barbados.
INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH
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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.
BARBADOS – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|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.
It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure.
For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website:
|Hepatitis A||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.|
|Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies||For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats. 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.|
|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”|
|Hepatitis B||Consider for most travelers; recommended for those who might be exposed to blood or other body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).|
|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.|
|Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and/or Zika||There are many illnesses that are transmitted via mosquito bites and unfortunately we do not have vaccines to protect us against most of them. It is important to inquire with your healthcare professional regarding the specific risks and the different illnesses presently in circulation.|
Medical facilities in Barbados are of good quality and provide excellent health care, especially for basic needs. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown is one of the best hospitals in the Caribbean. It is home to renowned general practitioners and specialists. The Bayview Private Hospital is a very good establishment as well. It has a decompression chamber in case of scuba diving accidents.
In case of emergency, call 511. But be aware that ambulances in Barbados are slow and poorly equipped.
The medicines found in Barbados come from all over the world. It is possible to find some drugs sold in the United States for a very low price. Collins Ltd and Grant’s are among the best pharmacies on the island. But it is always safer to bring your own medical supplies.
CANADIAN AMBASSYEmergency services
Emergency services exist but may be subject to certain limitations. In case of emergency, dial:
- police: 211
- medical assistance: 511
- firefighters: 311