White sandy beaches and the crystal-clear waters of a dazzling turquoise, this is what you will find in the British Virgin Islands. This archipelago of the West Indies is part of the overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Did you know that this beautiful archipelago is composed of a fifth of islands, but only 16 of them are inhabited? You can admire the sunsets in Tortola, visit the Sunny Caribeen Spice Shop and dip in the Virgin Gorda baths in a paradisiac setting.
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For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|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).|
|African Tick Bite Fever||Could be present. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.|
|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.|
Access to medical care remains very limited on the British Virgin Islands. There is a small general hospital on Tortola island, which provides satisfying routine health care. But if you need medical assistance in the archipelago, it is better that you go to the private clinic of Virgin Gorda Island. In the event of serious sickness or injury, an air evacuation to another country is required.
In case of emergency in the British Virgin Islands, call 999. On Tortola and Virgin Goda, ambulance services are of satisfying quality. But be aware that there are no ambulances available on the other islands.
Medicines can be hard to find in the archipelago. It is thus strongly advised that you bring your own medical supplies in sufficient quantities when traveling to the British Virgin Islands.