Travel Vaccinations for Falkland Islands

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Falkland 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.

Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50

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Destination Information for Falkland Islands

The remote South Atlantic archipelago of the Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory. The islands are made up of two main islands and several hundred smaller ones, and were the site of a major conflict between the United Kingdom and Argentina, when Argentina laid claim to the Falkland Islands in 1982, even though they have been under British control since 1833.

Today, the Falklands are known for a rural lifestyle – the economy of the islands relies mainly on agriculture and fishing – and spectacular wildlife watching opportunities. Conservation is a priority on the islands, with birds and marine wildlife being most prevalent. The capital, Stanley, is on the East Island, which is also the largest.

The population of the entire Falkland Islands is around 3,000 – about the same as an average village in the UK. Most residents are based in Stanley, with a few living in other small settlements and farms around the islands, as well as British military living at Mount Pleasant Base.

Accommodation options include guesthouses and bed and breakfasts, as well as a number of hotels and campsites. The Falkland Islands make an unusual and intriguing holiday choice, perfect for those who want to escape commercial resorts and simply see an unpretentious and untouched rural landscape at its most natural.

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:

Malaria and regions within country:

Malaria is not normally present in the Falkland Islands.

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

West Nile virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Zika virus

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 Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Leishmaniasis

A parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (the most common): Causes skin lesions, mainly ulcers on exposed parts of the body, causing scars and serious disability. 90% of cases are in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis (the most dangerous): Causes enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and irregular bouts of fever. Highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucotaneous (the least common): Causes partial or total destruction of the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat. Most cases are found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Trypanosomiasis

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which is only found in rural Africa. Initial symptoms include severe headache, insomnia, enlarged lymph nodes, anaemia and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Additional Health Risks Information for Falkland Islands

Most visitors to the Falkland Islands do so without incident or trouble. There are extremely few reported incidences of crime. The biggest risk to your health if you’re heading to this British Overseas Territory is from the weather; the sun can be very strong, so ensure you wear suitable clothing and eye protection. The weather can be changeable here, and include strong winds on the often exposed and under-maintained roads, so driving can be hazardous.

A leftover from the conflict in 1982, there are still a number of unexploded mines on the Islands. All mine fields are clearly marked and fenced with warning signs, and under no circumstances should you enter these areas.

Healthcare in the Falkland Islands is generally of a good standard, with a well-equipped medical facility and dental services in the capital, Stanley. If you’re visiting the Islands you should ensure that your travel insurance includes air ambulance evacuation in the event of an emergency. The tap water here is generally considered to be safe to drink, so simply exercise common sense about food hygiene and safety and you should stay healthy!

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