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American Samoa Travel Health Advice

It is advised that travellers get routine vaccines before travelling. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and a yearly flu shot. Visitors should consider vaccinations for hepatitis A and Typhoid. Mosquitoes are present in American Samoa, and visitors are advised to arm themselves with malaria prophylaxis and repellent.

It is best that travellers eat food that is cooked and served hot and avoid food from street vendors. Tap water should be avoided, so it is best to drink water that is either bottled or has been disinfected.

Medical services are somewhat limited with one hospital, the LBJ Tropical Medical Center, so it is best travellers take prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs with them in case of illness. Comprehensive medical insurance is advised.


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