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Saba Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Diphtheria Sometimes
Malaria No
Tetanus Yes
Typhoid Sometimes
Yellow Fever No*
Hepatitis A Yes
Rabies Sometimes

* A yellow fever certificate is required from travellers over six months of age arriving from an infected area.

Health Care

There is a hospital in The Bottom and the University School of Medicine. There is also a hyperbaric chamber on the island for divers. The hospital does not treat complex cases so medical insurance is essential.

Food and Drink

All mains water on the island is distilled from seawater and is therefore safe to drink. Bottled mineral water is widely available. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat but travellers should beware of certain reef fish including barracuda, grouper, and red snapper, as they may carry ciguatera biotoxin.

Other Risks

Vaccinations for tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.

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