Saint Vincent and the Grenadines comprises thirty two sublime Caribbean islands and cays. Just by reading the name of the country, you can already imagine an exotic tropical paradise! And this is exactly what the island nation is. Away from the traditional tourist routes, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines offers a relaxing and quiet island life, made of deserted islands, white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and palm trees. If the country attracts over-rich people looking for a quiet haven to build their luxurious villa, Saint Vincent also suits travelers seeking untouched lush jungles and majestic volcanoes to climb.
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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.
SAINT VINCENT & THE GRENADINES – 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.|
|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.|
|Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea||Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin or Suprax.|
Access to medical care remains limited in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The main hospital facility in the archipelago is the Kingstown General Hospital, located in the capital city. This hospital provides satisfying basic care, but specialized services are very limited and serious medical issues result in an air evacuation to another country. It is possible to find private medical establishments in Saint Vincent.
In case of emergency in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, contact the ambulance service of the Kingstown General Hospital at 784 456 1185. Emergency services are fast and efficient in this hospital facility. They are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you need to buy medicines, note that there are numerous pharmacies in Saint Vincent. You can also access pharmaceutical services in hospitals. But it is always a good idea to bring your own medical supplies, especially if you require very specific treatments.
In case of emergency, dial:
- Fire, police, coast guard: 911 or 999
- Medical assistance Kingstown: (784) 456 1955 (Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, Accident and Emergency Office)
- Medical assistance Bequia: (784) 458 3294 (Bequia Hospital)