Vaccines advised to ALL Papua New Guinea visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Papua New Guinea 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.

There is a risk of Malaria in Papua New Guinea. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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 Papua New Guinea

If you’re planning a visit to Papua New Guinea, it’s important to be prepared and aware of the risks as well as the stunning cultural experience of the country. The crime levels, particularly for serious and violent crime, are very high. As an undeveloped country, law and order and its enforcement is poor. There is recent civil unrest following national elections, and the potential for fighting, assaults, car-jacking and other serious crime is high. Avoid walking or driving at night in any area. If you have to drive, do so with your doors and windows locked at all times. Consider using a guide or escort when walking in any unfamiliar area. If you’re travelling in areas close to the border with Indonesia, be aware that there are particularly high levels of conflict here. It’s advisable to check the current local situation for your specific destination before you travel and to make plans accordingly.

Medical facilities in Papua New Guinea are basic. The country has been identified as being at risk from the recent Zika virus outbreak, for which there is no vaccine. If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy it is advisable to reconsider travel to the island. Other non-vaccinated diseases present include Chikungunya and Dengue Fever. Take sensible steps to avoid being bitten by the daytime biting mosquitoes by using insect repellent from your travel kit between dusk and dawn.

Travel vaccines and malaria tablets are recommended before travel so visit a travel clinic for the necessary treatment and advice. Take extra steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. In cases of serious injury or illness you will need to be evacuated to Australia. Ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place to cover for this eventuality.

Papua New Guinea is in an area of seismic activity. There is a constant risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, as well as the typical tropical cyclone season which here is from November to May. Be aware of the effect that the weather and other natural phenomenon can have on roads and travel conditions.

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If you’re heading for one of the smaller islands, New Britain is an excellent choice for swimming and snorkelling, with many hiking and trekking routes through the forest too. The Baining People will demonstrate their many tribal rituals, including the dramatic fire dance.

Most of Papua New Guinea is undeveloped, and although welcoming to visitors, you won’t find many hotels or resorts to accommodate typical tourists other than in Port Moresby. By staying in traditional guesthouses or with the local people, you’ll gain a far more interesting and authentic experience of life in this colourful and multicultural country.

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a high risk of P.Falciparum Malaria in all areas below 1800m, including Port Moresby, Karema and islands surrounding Papua New Guinea. Anti-malarial medication is always advised in these regions.

Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:

Doxycycline OR Atovaquone/Proguanil OR Mefloquine

If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British High Commission Port Moresby
Sec 411 Lot 1 & 2
Kiroki Street
Waigani
National Capital District
Port Moresby
Locked Mail Bag 212
Papua New Guinea

Email: uk.inpng@fco.gov.uk
Telephone: (+675) 325 1677

Vaccine Information for Papua New Guinea

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: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Typhoid
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • Typhim Vi, single dose injection
  • Vivotif, 3 capsules
  • Viatim, single dose injection of Hepatitis A & Typhoid combined
Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Cholera
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A course of two Dukoral tablets, which is administered orally.

Course
2 doses
Price
£32.50
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: Japanese Encephalitis
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

A course of two IXIARO injections over 28 days.

Course
2 doses
Price
£90.00
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
Price
Disease: Malaria
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

There are a range of different anti-malarial tablets that will be prescribed to travellers based on several factors, including: destination, medical history, family history, current medications, previous problems with anti-malarial tablets, age and pregnancy.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Disease: Chikungunya
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Dengue Fever
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50%+ Deet insect repellent
Disease: Filariasis
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
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).
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +

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