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 Samoa
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Samoa
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 Samoa
Samoa is a generally safe country to visit, although there are occasional incidents of petty crime, and as with any destination it’s advisable to take particular care of your valuables and other belongings when out and about. Travelling around the islands can be hazardous, due to vehicle safety standards, poor driving standards and poorly maintained roads. A lack of lighting and the fact that rivers and streams often intersect with roads means that you should avoid driving at night outside of built-up and well-lit areas.
Heathcare and treatment options in Samoa are reasonable for routine or non-serious conditions. For anything requiring more complex or serious treatment, medical evacuation may be necessary. If you take regular prescription medication, take a full supply with you to Samoa, along with a copy of the prescription, as some medicines and drugs may be difficult to obtain. Samoa has been classified as at risk from the Zika virus outbreak. This virus has no vaccine. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant you should avoid all travel to Samoa. There have also been reported cases of Dengue Fever. Take additional steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitos. Travel vaccines are recommended before travel so visit a travel clinic for the necessary treatment and advice.
Samoa is located in a seismic zone, and earthquakes and other volcanic activity is not uncommon. The cyclone season here runs from November to May, and during this time flooding, landslides and other disruption can occur.
This isolated and entrancing island makes a wonderful destination for explorers who want to experience authentic Polynesia, village life and breathtaking scenery. Resort hotels are available, but aren’t so large that they detract from the importance that locals place on traditional village culture. The dry season, and festival time, is during the months of May to October – the ideal time to visit.
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 Samoa.