Travel clinic Iceland
Travel health and vaccine advice for Iceland
Iceland
 
Raw Nature in all its grandeur. This is what Iceland has to offer. Lava fields, smoking volcanoes, majestic glaciers, erupting geysers, bubbling boiling mud holes, dancing Northern Lights, midnight sun burning clouds… Every single natural phenomenon occurring in this isolated Nordic country is extreme and stunning, shaping unique landscapes, sometimes post apocalyptic. Most sparsely populated European country, Iceland has an incredible rich and flourishing cultural life, with a Nobel Prize winning literature, creative live music, traditional handicrafts and a delicious cuisine… From blood thirsty Vikings to the genuine and welcoming modern population, Iceland has always been a truly unique country, mesmerizing in many ways…

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.

ICELAND – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis VaccineTetanus: 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.
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – RabiesFor 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 – 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
Hepatitis ARecommended 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).

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Antibiotics Traveler’s DiarrheaAzithromycin or Suprax

MEDICAL CARES

Iceland offers health care of excellent quality. Numerous medical facilities are found all over the country. They are modern and well equipped. If you need home medical assistance in the Reykjavik area, call 544-4114 during business hours, and 1770 outside of normal business hours, on week ends and public holidays. A doctor or a nurse will quickly come to your house to assist you. To inquire about dental care or to make an appointment with a dentist, call 575-0505. In very remote places inaccessible by car, helicopters and rescue boats are used to access the victim in need of medical care.

In case of emergency in Iceland, call 112. You can also directly go to the Landspítali Háskólasjúkrahús Hospital, located in the capital city.

In Reykjavik, there are two pharmacies opened every day from 8am to 12am. Pharmaceutical services are of good quality all over the country. But it is always safer to bring your own first aid kit.

SECURITY ABROAD

Pickpocketing occurs. Be vigilant and pay attention to your surroundings at all times. Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

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Emergency services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.