Travel Vaccinations Guadeloupe
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Guadeloupe.
|MMR||Yes||Person-to-Person||MMR, Course of Two||£50|
|DTaP||Yes||Person-to-Person||Revaxis, Single Dose||£40|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhim Vi, Single Dose||£50|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Epaxyl, Single Dose||£80|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||EnergixB, Course of Three||£55|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabipur, Course of Three||£65|
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
Further Travel Health Advice for Guadeloupe
A slice of France in the Caribbean, Guadeloupe has it all. On Grande Terre, Guadeloupe’s eastern island, you can indulge in surfing, sailing, or just find your own paradise on one of countless beaches. Dine on fine French cuisine, and watch the sunset over the azure sea. On Basse Terre, visit the National park, situated just below the Soufrière volcano,and dive the Jacques Cousteau underwater reserve, where colonies of colourful fish play around the coral reefs. For a glimpse of early Caribbean life, in a pastoral setting, travel to Les Saintes, just to the south of Basse Terre.
Animals and Insects
There have been outbreaks of Dengue Fever on both Basse Terre and Grande Terre. Bring DEET or an equivalent insecticide with you. Avoid drinking water from rivers and streams, as there is a danger of bilharziasis.
Heat and Humidity
The sun in Guadeloupe is very strong, and it is vital that you use sun block with an SPF of at least 20, and apply often, especially after swimming. Seek shade under a palm tree where possible. Remember that the sun can burn you even when you are in the sea. Make a habit of carrying bottled water with you wherever you go, and stay hydrated. Alcohol will dehydrate you and make you more susceptible to the heat, so limit your alcohol intake.
The tap water in Guadeloupe is said to be safe. Whether or not you decide to drink it or to buy bottled water, bring lots with you when setting out for the beach or on tour.
Food and Drink
Imagine all the delights of French cuisine, blended with Creole ingenuity and African spices, and you have a glimpse of the wonderful cuisine of Guadeloupe. Fresh seafood, and shellfish such as crayfish, stewed conch (pronounced conk), stuffed land crabs, Brazilian lobster, are among the highlights, as well as delicious curries and spicy stews. The cuisine of Guadeloupe is sure please any palate, and visitors can choose from as many as 200 restaurants, beach bars, and hotel dining rooms. Sip the traditional rum punch before dinner, or savour your feast with a good French wine. Guadeloupe produces many exotic fruits, like pineapple, passion fruit, and guavas.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
If you need health care in Guadeloupe, there is a large Centre Hopitalier at Pointe-à-Pitre, where the standard of care is excellent, and there are several clinics, and pharmacies. Arrange in advance to have plenty of money with you to pay for any health care you might need.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with adequate travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities, like diving or surfing.
Aside from observing the normal precautions, such as not carrying large sums of money, visitors are safe in Guadeloupe.