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 French Polynesia
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting French Polynesia
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 French Polynesia
French Polynesia is an overseas territory of France in the South Pacific Ocean halfway between California and Australia, which includes over 100 islands and stretches over 2,000km. The collectivity is divided into 5 archipelagos and is often referred to as the Islands of Tahiti. Many of the islands are uninhabited and the landmass of the country as a whole is only 1,600 square miles.
The most inhabited island group of French Polynesia are the Society Islands, towards the west of the country, which is made up of high tropical islands surrounded by lagoons and coral reef. Tahiti island hosts the capital, Papeete, which has a reasonable public transport system and a number of tourist-friendly attractions, including resorts and hotels.
For travellers looking for a tranquil and idyllic getaway, with beaches and beauty aplenty, French Polynesia is ideal. There’s plenty of colonial history to explore, as the country has a dramatic past with political changes. The climate here is tropical, with cyclones occurring at certain times of year. Summer, and the best time to visit for most tourists, is November to April. If you’re hunting for the perfect souvenir or gift to take home, French Polynesia is home to the oyster Pinctada Margaritifera, creator of the rare Black Pearl, which makes for an exquisite piece of jewellery.
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 French Polynesia.