Historically part of Australia, the tiny Pacific island of Norfolk was once inhabited by British convicts. It is now a pleasant holiday destination. Norfolk Island is a peaceful haven, offering nice possibilities of bush walking on its lovely rolling hills covered with forests, home to many endemic plants, like the evergreen Norfolk Island pine. The coastline is mostly composed of vertical cliffs, yet absolutely beautiful white sand beaches can be found on the island, with surrounding crystal clear waters offering very good snorkeling opportunities. Kingston, the main city, was built by the convicts and features many interesting historical buildings.
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.
NORFOLK ISLAND – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|Hepatitis A||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Hepatitis B||Recommended for travelers who will have intimate contact with local residents or potentially need blood transfusions or injections, especially if visiting for more than six months.|
|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”|
|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:
|Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea||Azithromycin or Suprax|
Access to medical care on Norfolk Island is very limited. The Norfolk Island Hospital only provides very basic care. If you require specific health care while on Norfolk Island, you will need to go to mainland Australia, where you will find excellent and modern hospital facilities, as well as highly qualified health professionals. Be aware that medical care in Australia is expensive.
In case of emergency on Norfolk Island, call 911. The Norfolk Island Hospital has a 24 hour emergency service. Victims of serious medical issues are evacuated to Australia.
The pharmaceutical products found on Norfolk Island are limited. It is thus essential that you bring your own medical supplies in sufficient quantities when going to Norfolk.