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Dominica 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 coming from infected areas.

Health Care

Full medical insurance is advised for international visitors as treatment is on a 'payment on advance' basis. Four main hospitals serve the island together with some private clinics where high fees are the norm.

Food and Drink

In larger towns and cities, mains water is normally chlorinated, and whilst relatively safe, may cause mild stomach upsets. Bottled water is available and is advised for the first few weeks of the stay. Drinking water outside main towns is not advisable. 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

Outbreaks of dengue fever occur in the area, as well as dengue haemorrhagic fever. Vaccination against hepatitis B and tuberculosis is sometimes advised.

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