Do I Need A Vaccination For Travel To Barbados

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Vaccination For Travel To Barbados? Hey friends, when travelling to a new destination, we start our planning, where should we stay? Should we get a hotel or guesthouse? What activities should we participate in? What local customs should we be aware of? How safe is the place and a myriad of other questions.

One such thing we should always have at the fore is health and wellness. Specifically for this article, I am referring to vaccination for travel to Barbados.

So here is the truth about Barbados and if you need any vaccinations to come here, or any specific health precautions. The short truthful answer will be NO, Barbados is a healthy safe place to visit, with no need for general vaccinations before coming.

The only real concern would be mosquitoes in the rainy season. In the Caribbean in general they were outbreaks of dengue fever and some cases in Barbados as well, though not widespread. All the hotels and guesthouses I know of are health conscious and you have no reason to worry. There aren’t any malaria cases in Barbados so need not worry about that.

So if you are travelling to Barbados, don’t be overly concerned about mosquitoes, just make sure to bring along sufficient insect repellent and you should be good.

In general all over the world you can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so needless to say, if you plan to have sexual contact with someone, you take the necessary precautions. Needles? hopefully you won’t be doing drugs here  🙂 If you need blood for some reason you fell ill here, then at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has a blood bank and all blood is screened and thoroughly tested so there is no real chance of getting contaminated blood.

 

Rabies is present in bats in Barbados. However, it is not found in dogs and is not a major risk to most travelers. CDC recommends rabies vaccine for only these groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for bat bites (such as caving).
  • People who will be working with or around bats (such as wildlife professionals and researchers).

There is no risk of yellow fever in Barbados. The government of Barbados requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

So this article should allow you to understand if you need vaccinations or not if you are coming to Barbados, as stated earlier Barbados is a healthy safe place to visit, so bring your family and friends and have a great time.

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