Haiti Travel Health Advice
Malaria and dengue fever occur in Haiti and doctors recommend that travellers take malaria medication and protect themselves as far as possible from mosquito bites with insect repellent and mosquito nets. Chikungunya fever is also common in the region.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for those arriving from an infected country in Africa or the Americas, and hepatitis A and B, typhoid, polio, and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations are recommended. Anybody planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, and at possible risk of animal bites, should consider a rabies vaccination.
Visitors should only drink boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. It is recommended that street food is avoided but if you do buy from street vendors try to only eat hot food and avoid fruit and vegetables unless washed by yourself.
Medical facilities in Port-au-Prince are of poor quality, and are virtually non-existent elsewhere in the country, so medical insurance with evacuation cover is essential, and it is advisable to bring all required medications from home. If you are travelling with prescribed medications be sure to carry a prescription and note from your doctor detailing what the medication is for and why you need it.
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