Indian Ocean

The idyllic tropical islands of the Indian Ocean are ideal for a romantic, relaxing getaway. Divers and sailors are also drawn to the warm coral seas in search of adventure. But before you go, you’ll want to find out what vaccinations for travellers you’ll need for your trip. Make a travel health appointment with NX Healthcare Travel Clinics and find out.

Is it safe to drink the tap water on Indian Ocean islands?

Because of shallow aquifers and, at times, scarcity, safe water can be a problem on some islands of the Indian Ocean. Take local advice and stick to water sources you know are trustworthy. Hotel accommodation may have filtered water available, or you may prefer to treat your own drinking water, as described in our article about water-borne diseases that affect travellers. To further protect you from water-borne diseases, you can get vaccinated against typhoid and hepatitis A.

The microorganisms that cause these illnesses can also be found in food, so you should take all of the usual food precautions for travellers. Some advice can be found in our Food-borne disease article.

Is it easy to get emergency medical care at Indian Ocean resorts?

Many popular tourist destinations provide high-quality medical care, but for complex procedures, you will need to be evacuated. Check that your travel health insurance covers this possibility.

Divers’ health in the Indian Ocean

Even minor wounds can take a long time to heal in the tropics, and infection is more likely than in the UK. So protect your feet from coral cuts with a good pair of reef shoes.

Divers visiting the Indian Ocean should be aware of the location of their nearest decompression chamber. If you are going to be a long distance from such facilities, make a plan for getting assistance if you require it. The Diving Alert Network is a resource for divers in remote areas.

Can I obtain my medication while holidaying in the Indian Ocean?

Because pharmaceutical supplies on islands can be limited on islands of the Indian Ocean, you should bring all medications you’ll need for your trip. Bringing your own supplies will also help you avoid putting a strain on the island’s own limited resources.

Basic supplies, such as sunscreen and insect repellent, can be expensive or difficult to obtain on Indian Ocean islands, so bring plenty.

Can I get malaria on an Indian Ocean island?

Malaria is a risk on some Indian Ocean islands, including Madagascar. Others, however, do not have mosquitoes. Speak with your travel health adviser because determining whether you need malaria prophylaxis and when to begin taking it can be difficult.

Certificates of yellow fever vaccination

Around the Indian Ocean, there is little risk of contracting yellow fever. However, if you have recently visited a place where yellow fever occurs, some islands may require you to have an international certificate of yellow fever vaccination. Consult your travel health adviser about your itinerary to see if this applies to you.

What other vaccinations for travellers will I require for my trip to the Indian Ocean?

Inquire with your travel health adviser if you think you require boosters for diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. You may also be at risk for hepatitis B and rabies and the travel health nurse will give advice based on where you are going and the activities you intend to participate in.

NX Healthcare can assist you with all types of travel vaccinations. Our travel vaccine clinics’ city-centre locations make them extremely convenient.

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