Fiji Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Diphtheria

Sometimes

Hepatitis A

Yes

Malaria

No

Rabies

No

Tetanus

Yes

Typhoid

Yes**

Yellow Fever

No*

* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving within 10 days of leaving infected areas.

Healthcare facilities in Fiji urban areas are adequate for routine medical problems. In the rural areas staff training is limited and there are often shortages of supplies and medications. Emergency response is extremely limited, and the few ambulances available are poorly equipped and staffed. Two major hospitals, the Lautoka Hospital in the western city of Lautoka, and the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, provide limited emergency and outpatient services. Medical emergencies may be referred to Australia or New Zealand. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services. The national emergency number for emergency services is 911.

Food and drink

Tap water is safe to drink in hotels, resorts and main towns, but precautions should be taken in rural areas. Bottled water is available. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

Other risks

Diarrhoeal diseases are common. Hepatitis B is endemic. Take precautions against mosquito bites as Fiji is has recently suffered from a large outbreak of dengue fever.

Edited by Jane Duru
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