The states of Kosrae, Yap, Pohnpei and Chuuk, each composed of small islands surrounded by atolls spread out across the West Pacific Ocean, are forming together the Federated States of Micronesia. But even if they are part of the same nation, the four states are fundamentally different, which makes them fascinating to explore. Chuuk is renowned for World War II wreck diving. Yap remains very traditional and is speckled with strange gigantic pieces of stone money. Kosrae is a true natural paradise home to a very religious population. Last but not least, Pohnpei hosts mysterious ancient ruins and still retains a system of clan Chiefs.
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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.
MICRONESIA (FSM) – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|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.|
|Measles – Rubella – Mumps||Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.|
|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.|
Access to medical care in Micronesia is limited. There are only a few hospitals and clinics in the archipelago, and they often suffer from the lack of adequate medical equipment. Note that you can find two hospital centers of satisfying quality on Pohnpei Island. But the in the event of serious sickness and injury, an air evacuation to another country is required.
In case of emergency in Micronesia, call 330 2444 in Chuuk, 370 3012 in Kosrae, 320 2213 in Pohnpei and 350 3446 in Yap.
Medicines are not always easily accessible in Micronesia. It is thus essential that you bring your own complete medical kit. Don’t forget to undergo a medical check before traveling to the archipelago and be sure your vaccinations are up to date.
CANADIAN AMBASSYEmergency services
There is no centralized number to reach emergency services.
In Chuuk, dial:
- 911, 330-2223, 330-2224, 330-3612 or 330-3616 for police
- 330-2222 for fire rescue
In Pohnpei, dial:
- 320-3221, or 320-2223 for police
- 320-2222 for fire rescue
In Kosrae, dial:
- 370-3333 or 370-3214 for police
- 370-3333 for fire rescue
In Yap, dial:
- 350-2415, 350-2132 or 350-2130 for police
- 350-3333 for fire rescue