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 Vaccinations for Niue
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Niue
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 Niue
Niue is a tiny and picturesque island to visit. The crime level here is generally low, but as with anywhere, the risk of street crime including muggings, pick pocketing and theft is higher in the larger towns and busy tourist areas. Use your hotel safe if you have one, and avoid carrying too many valuables with you.
One of the most common ways in which tourists become injured in Niue is in sporting or vehicle accidents. If you’re visiting the island to take part in extreme sporting activities, including water sports, ensure that you use a reputable organiser who will follow the relevant safety procedures. Similarly, if you plan to hire a vehicle to help you explore Niue, make sure that you have adequate insurance in place. It is illegal to ride a bicycle, scooter or motorcycle in Niue without a proper helmet.
Under the UK’s reciprocal healthcare agreement with New Zealand, British Nationals visiting Niue are entitled to receive immediately necessary healthcare. It is still essential to have adequate travel insurance in place, as medical facilities on the island are relatively limited, so for serious illness or injury you will need to be evacuated. There have been reports of a number of mosquito borne diseases on Niue, including dengue fever and chikungunya, for which there is no vaccine. Take sensible steps to avoid being bitten by the daytime biting mosquitos by using insect repellent between dusk and dawn.
Although the population is small, the locals are friendly and welcoming, and will make sure you enjoy your stay. Be prepared to experience a lifestyle unaffected by most modern technology – you’ll pay for goods and accommodation in cash and options are limited for shopping and eating out, meaning you truly get a taste of authentic island life on Niue.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Niue.