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 Marshall Islands
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Marshall 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 Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands are a picturesque diving hotspot in the Pacific Ocean, between Hawaii and Australia. They consist of 29 atolls and 5 islands, 24 of which are occupied, and can be grouped into two chains of islands, known as Ralik and Ratak. The Marshall Islands spent many years under US administration, and were, unfortunately, the location for nuclear testing between 1947 and 1962, meaning some of the atolls are still out of bounds. Although the islands gained independence in 1986, they are still home to US Army Post Kwajalein and the famous WWII battleground of Kwajalein is now used as a missile test range.
Most visitors to the Marshall Islands come for the diving opportunities as there are few other attractions for tourists. A nature dive at Rongelap is a popular choice, and diving amongst the wrecks of WWII is also favoured. Considered to be the main draw for divers is Bikini Island, where visitors can have a guided tour to explore the history of nuclear testing. Bikini is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the direct evidence of the impact of nuclear testing in this area.
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 Marshall islands.