Vaccines advised to ALL Tuvalu visitors

Vaccination
Course
Per Dose

Vaccines advised to SOME Tuvalu 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.

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 Tuvalu

Tuvalu is a very safe country to visit in terms of crime, although you should generally be vigilant and concerned for your personal safety in relation to the heighten risk of terrorism worldwide. Should you need medical treatment while in Tuvalu, the main hospital is in Funafuti, with nurses and smaller clinics on some of the minor islands. Facilities are adequate for non-serious conditions, but for more complex injuries or illness you may need to be transferred to Fiji or Australia. Ensure that you have travel insurance that will cover this if necessary.

Many people visit Tuvalu to swim, snorkel and dive in the beautiful clear waters surrounding the islands. Be aware of strong and dangerous rip tides, and always use appropriate safety equipment while diving. The lagoon in Funafuti is highly polluted and swimming is not recommended.

The typhoon and cyclone season in Tuvalu runs from November to April. During this time there is a higher risk of disruption to roads, transport and services due to flooding and landslides. Cyclones can occur at any time of year but are more common during these months. There is a risk of Dengue Fever in Tuvalu, so it’s recommended to take additional steps to prevent mosquito bites. Travel vaccines are recommended before travel so visit a travel clinic for the necessary treatment and advice.

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The Western side of Funafuti is given over to the Funafuti Conservation Area, and here you’ll find reefs and a pretty lagoon with excellent marine life to explore while snorkelling or diving. There are plenty of WWII remains to discover, as the islands were a stationing point for US troops during the war.

While tourism is not a big industry here, you will find basic guesthouses, along with a good selection of bars and restaurants serving fish and ethnic cuisine. The islands experience gales and heavy rain from November to March, so these months are best avoided if you’re hoping to relax on the beach!

Malaria and regions within country:

Malaria is not normally present in Tuvalu.

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 Tuvalu. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Vaccine Information for Tuvalu

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: 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: 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: 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

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).
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +

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