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Samoa Health Care and Vaccinations

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

* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving from an infected area.

Health Care

Health insurance, while recommended, is not mandatory. All health services available to locals are accessible to foreigners usually at minimal cost to the traveller. Emergency medical facilities are available at Moto'otua Hospital, in Apia. Private medical and dental treatment is also available.

Food and Drink

Mains water is chlorinated, though bottled water may be preferable. Sterilisation is 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

Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. Outbreaks of dengue fever sometimes occur, and cases of Zika virus have been confirmed. In both instances, protection against being bitten by moquitoes is paramount: use powerful repellant; wear loose but protective clothing; and sleep under a moquito net.