Vaccines advised to ALL Antarctica visitors

Vaccination
Course
Per Dose

Vaccines advised to SOME Antarctica visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Destination Information for Antarctica

Antarctica is the most Southerly continent in the world, a huge icy landscape that is almost completely uninhabited due to the extreme harsh conditions and inaccessible location. Antarctica is home to the South Pole. Most visitors to the continent do so for research purposes, or as part of organised trips or expeditions to see the incredible sights of towering glaciers and icebergs, and the population of penguins, whales and other wildlife.

Antarctica is only accessible to tourists by sea from November to March during the austral summer, when the sea ice has melted enough to allow access to ships. Many visitors head to Anver Island, or Andvord Bay, where there is a museum at Port Lockroy, Cuverville Island, and the only two operating cruise ship stops.

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If you’re visiting Antarctica for recreational purposes, tourist facilities are few and far between, although there is more opportunity now than there has ever been to experience this unique and mysterious landscape first hand. There are a number of companies which operate tours and expeditions, and going as part of an organised group is probably the safest and most reliable way to travel.

There truly is no other place on earth like Antarctica, and a visit here may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a magical world, leaving all the comforts of home behind.

Malaria and regions within country:

There is no malaria present in Antarctica

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

There is no British Embassy in Antarctica. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Vaccine Information for Antarctica

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +

Additional Health Risks Information for Antarctica

Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest destination on earth. The primary health hazard for visitors to the continent is from the extremely low temperature. Travellers should ensure they have appropriate kit and clothing for their trip, including protective eyewear, as the glare from the sun on the snow can be damaging to the eyes and skin. Whether you’re travelling alone or as part of an organised tour, take adequate food and supplies with you, and make sure you have means of summoning help and communicating your location in the event of an emergency.

Some areas of Antarctica have high altitude, so be aware of the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness, and take your time when travelling through changes in altitude to minimise the risk of becoming ill. You should carry a medical kit with you at all times for self-treatment, as some areas are extremely remote and evacuation to safety may be necessary if it is not possible to treat your condition yourself.

Many people visit Antarctica as part of a cruise. The seas around the continent can be notoriously treacherous, so if you are prone to sea sickness or travel sickness make sure you have a good stock of whatever remedy works best for you!

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