Vaccines advised to ALL Suriname visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Suriname 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 Suriname. 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 Suriname

Suriname is a small country tucked between Guyana and French Guiana on the Northeast coast of South America. Formerly a Dutch colony, the architecture and culture of Suriname is still heavily influenced by the style of the Netherlands, since independence in 1975. Suriname is the smallest independent country in South America. The main towns, and the majority of Suriname’s small population, are along the coast, with the Surinamese Rainforest and a number of national parks inland, including the Brownsberg Nature Park with the Brokopondo Reservoir, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes.

The main attraction of Suriname is the vast natural beauty and the prolific and stunning flora and fauna. Around a third of the country is natural reserve, home to thousands of species of birds, reptiles, primates and big cats. There are some guided tours and even holiday resorts available, a safe and stress-free way to see this beautiful land without the worry of navigating yourself. The 17th-century capital, Paramaribo, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with waterfront colonial buildings, a lively market and excellent local restaurants and bars.

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Suriname is often overlooked as a destination in favour of its larger and more well-known neighbours, but it shouldn’t be underestimated. Ecotourism is a growing industry here, and options for tourists make it an attractive option for anyone looking for a South American rainforest adventure.

Chikungunya in the Carribean/Americas

The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing; WHO/PAHO has published further epidemiological data on countries reporting autochthonous transmission.

Non-Latin Caribbean:

  • Anguilla, 71 suspected cases, 55 confirmed.
  • Antigua and Barbuda, 1,442 suspected cases, 18 confirmed.
  • Aruba, 474 suspected cases, 743 confirmed.
  • Bahamas, 99 confirmed cases.
  • Barbados, 1,897 suspected cases, 122 confirmed.
  • Cayman Islands, 229 suspected cases, 44 confirmed.
  • Curacao, 1,838 suspected cases, 835 confirmed. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
  • Dominica, 3,598 suspected cases, 173 confirmed.
  • Grenada, 3,070 suspected cases, 26 confirmed. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
  • Guyana, 5,310 suspected cases, 105 confirmed.
  • Jamaica, 1,669 suspected cases, 87 confirmed.
  • Montserrat, 118 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
  • St Kitts and Nevis, 627 suspected cases, 28 confirmed.
  • St Lucia, 645 suspected cases, 238 confirmed.
  • Sint Maarten, 470 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines, 1,223 suspected cases, 175 confirmed.
  • Suriname, 1,210 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
  • Trinidad and Tobago, 313 confirmed cases.
  • Turks and Caicos, 19 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
  • UK Virgin Islands, 347 suspected cases, 47 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
  • US Virgin Islands, 1,541 suspected cases, 376 confirmed.

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a high risk of P.Falciparum and P.Vivax malaria throughout the country, with coastal areas and the city of Paramaribo, the exception. (See map above).

Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:

Doxycycline or Atovaquone/Proguanil or Mefloquine

Chloroquine plus Proguanil should only be used if other anti-malarials cannot be tolerated as it is less effective in these regions.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

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

British Embassy

There is no British embassy in Suriname. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Vaccine Information for Suriname

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
£50.00
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
£50.00
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
£50.00
Disease: Yellow Fever
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

Travellers to areas at risk may require a single dose injection of Stamaril. Nearly all affected countries require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination in the form of an International Certificate of Vaccination before they allow a traveller to enter. Failure to provide a valid certificate can lead to a traveller being quarantined, immunised or denied entry.

Course
1 dose
Price
£83.00
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: 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
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00
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
£60.00
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: 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).
Disease: Leishmaniasis
Source: Sandfly
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Schistosomiasis
Source: Parasitic Flatworms in fresh water ponds, lakes, rivers and canals
Our Advice: Avoid swimming or wading in freshwater. Drink safe water
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +
Disease: Trypanosomiasis
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent

Additional Health Risks Information for Suriname

Medical care in Suriname is extremely limited, with just one emergency hospital located in Paramaribo. Make sure you carry with you a good supply of basic medical supplies including remedies for sunburn and rehydration, as well as sun protection and insect repellent. Visitors to Suriname are at risk from many mosquito transmitted diseases, including the Zika virus.

Most travellers to the country do so trouble-free, but there is an increased risk of crime, including pickpocketing and theft, in the capital and other busy areas. Exercise general precautions just as you would in any busy tourist area, travelling in a group, with a guide if possible, and being aware of your personal possessions and security.

As a country with large areas of rural land, parts of Suriname are prone to flooding due to high rainfall. If you’re planning on exploring in the reserves and rainforests, check the conditions before you go and take suitable kit to deal with the weather.

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