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Travel health and vaccine advice for British Indian Ocean Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory


The British Indian Ocean Territory is located in the center of the Indian Ocean, between Indonesia to the east, the Indian sub-continent to the north, the eastern coasts of Africa and the Seychelles to the west as well as the Mascareignes to the south-west.

It consists mainly of the Chagos archipelago, has 4000 inhabitants on about 60 km2, which are mainly US military based on the main atoll Diego Garcia in the south.


The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) is not a tourist destination. Access is limited and a permit is required prior to travel. Access is limited and a permit is required prior to travel. There are no commercial flights and mooring permits are issued to yachts only in exceptional circumstances. Access to Diego Garcia is only permitted for those on pre-authorized service.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

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.

BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

Hepatitis ARecommended 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 – MumpsTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Flu – InfluenzaSeasonal 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 feverRecommended 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 BConsider 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).
ChikungunyaPresence. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites.
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – RabiesFor 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.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Antibiotics Traveler’s DiarrheaAzithromycin or Suprax
 

 

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