Vaccines advised to ALL Falkland Islands visitors

Vaccination
Course
Per Dose

Vaccines advised to SOME Falkland Islands 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 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.

 

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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.

Malaria and regions within country:

Malaria is not normally present in the Falkland Islands.

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 the Falkland Islands. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Vaccine Information for Falkland Islands

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
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00

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).

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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