Zika virus is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are most active during the day, especially during mid-morning, then late afternoon and dusk through to evening. For most people it's a very mild infection with minor or no symptoms, but is more of a risk to pregnant woman as it could result in certain birth defects.
Travel Vaccinations for Cook Islands
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Cook Islands
A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.
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Destination Information for Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are made up of 15 islands, linked politically to New Zealand, in the South Pacific, and scattered over a large area. The largest of the islands is Rarotonga, which is home to the capital city, Avarua. Popular as a destination for snorkelling and scuba diving, the Cook Islands are thought to be reminiscent of Hawaii prior to the development of the large tourist industry.
The islands were first sighted by Captain Cook in 1770, and became a British protectorate in 1888, before administrative control was transferred to New Zealand in 1900. In 1965 the residents of the Cook Islands chose to become a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand.
Most people come to the Cook Islands for the beaches, of which there are many – the best being at Muri Lagoon and Titikaveka. Pristine white sands are bordered by clear sparkling waters, with some developed tourist resorts on the larger islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki. The volcanic nature of the islands makes for some stunning mountainous scenery should you wish to venture further inland.
Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:
- Food and water hygiene
- Insect and animal bite avoidances
- Personal safety
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Sun protection
- Altitude sickness
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in The Cook Islands.