The Republic of the Marshall Islands has not always been the peaceful tropical paradise peopled by skilled boat builders and expert fishers it is today. Lost in the Pacific Ocean, the coral atolls and volcanic islands of Marshall were at the heart of deadly battles between Japan and the United States during World War II. Once the war was over, they sadly became the site of American nuclear tests for more than one decade. Tranquility has returned now, and the white sand beaches of the Marshall Islands can be fully enjoyed by travelers seeking a Robinson Crusoe lifestyle.
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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.
MARSHALL ISLANDS – 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.|
|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.|
|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”|
|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.|
|MMR – Measles, Mumps, Rubella|
|Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea||Azithromycin or Suprax|
If you need medical care while traveling in the Marshall Islands, you have to go to Majuro atoll or Ebeye Island. The Majuro Public Hospital can be reached at +692 625-3632. This hospital center will provide you satisfying basic health care, but specialized services are limited in this establishment. You can find better specialists in the Majuro Clinic, which can be contacted at +692 625-6455. The Ebeye Hospital (+692 329-8030) also offers good basic care. On the other islands, there are only small health care centers. In case of serious medical issues, an evacuation to another country is required.
In case of emergency, call 911.
As medicines may not be easily accessible in the Marshall Islands, be sure to bring your own medical set containing sufficient basic medicines and all the drugs you could need during your trip in the archipelago.
There is no centralized number to reach emergency services. Research and carry contact information for local police and medical facilities.