Bahamas Travel Health Advice
All travellers should remain up to date with their routine vaccinations when travelling abroad. These vacinnes would include those for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and flu. Travellers to the Bahamas should ensure that they are vaccinated for hepatitis A and typhoid, as there is a risk of contracting this from water supplies and contaminated food. Whether visitors will need to take other vaccines will depend on their length of stay and the areas which they will be visiting. Additional shots may include Hepatitus B and rabies, while a yellow fever vaccination is required by travellers aged more than one year, arriving only from areas with yellow fever risk.
However, many of these vaccinations are considered cautionary measures, as food and water sources are typically safe and well managed in the Bahamas. Visitors should steer clear of fruit or vegetables unless peeled or cooked, and note that some types of fish, including tropical reef fish, are poisonous to eat even when cooked. Visitors should also use mosquito repellent to avoid bites. Medical facilities are good in Nassau and Freeport, but expensive, and usually require payment in cash on treatment; as a result, comprehensive medical insurance is advised.
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