Vaccines advised to ALL Ascension visitors

Vaccination
Course
Per Dose

Vaccines advised to SOME Ascension 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 Ascension

Ascension Island was discovered by the Portuguese in 1501. Located in the Atlantic ocean, just south of the equator, it remains an uninhabited island, which is administered by the UK territory of St Helena, its closest neighbour some 700 miles away. The arid island has no indigenous people and very little vegetation except on higher ground, although it benefits from warm tropical weather all year round and a rainy season from January-April. Ascension has been important in military history, having been used as a base and airfield for various US and UK forces.

Visiting the island’s beaches for swimming, fishing and relaxation is one of the main tourist draws of Ascension. Wildlife fans also take great delight in viewing the nesting sea turtles. If you’re into hiking, you can explore some of the island’s lush highlands and mountainous regions, where you’ll be rewarded by spectacular views around the island. Adventurous explorers of Ascension should also make sure to visit the country’s natural lava caves – but don’t forget to take a torch!

 

Malaria and regions within country:

Malaria is not normally present in Ascension.

 

 

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 Ascension. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Vaccine Information for Ascension

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: Rabies
Source: Animal to person
Vaccination Details

A course of three injections of the vaccine (Rabies BP or Rabipur) will cover against Rabies and is recommended. In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Course
Price
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 Ascension

There is a good level of healthcare provision on Ascension Island, but you will need to ensure you have adequate travel insurance as it is not free to visitors, even though the island is a British Overseas Territory. There is a small hospital for routine or minor injuries or illnesses, but this cannot treat major issues. If you need to take prescription medicine, you should bring a supply for the duration of your trip, as you may not be able to access the same drugs while abroad.

Many people visit Ascension for the beautiful beaches and for swimming and diving. Be aware that there is not a decompression facility or rescue service on the island, so you should only dive if you are extremely competent or with a qualified instructor.

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