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The Bahamas, with more than 700 islands, thousands of miles of shoreline, and many beautiful and spotless beaches, make it a place of utmost beauty. You will never run out of favourite places in the Bahamas, from the bustling port of Nassau you can take a cruise to the aquamarine waters and the Exuma Islands, explore ruins of great plantation houses to experience the natural beauty of the Bahamas.

The Bahamas holds lots of attraction for you, but you need to stay healthy on your travels to enjoy the best of your holiday. Before packing your bags, you should visit The Travel Clinic London at least four to eight weeks before travelling so that you will be completely immune to diseases you will be exposed to when you travel.

What vaccination do I need for my trip to the Bahamas?

Health professionals at The Travel Clinic London can advise you on vaccinations you should take before travelling. Travellers to The Bahamas are generally advised to take the following vaccinations:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTaP) Vaccination

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio are potentially life-threatening and must be handled with all seriousness. The UK national vaccination schedule takes care of this vaccination, but in cases where you have not been vaccinated, you can always walk into our travel clinic at Harley Street for vaccination.

Vaccination is given as a single dose, and a booster is required every ten years as recommended by the World Health Organisation.

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination

The UK national vaccination schedule takes care of this vaccination. But you can visit The Travel Vaccination Clinic London at Harley Street if you have not been vaccinated at least two months before travelling so you can be vaccinated against these potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccination is given as a course of two as part of the vaccination.

  • Typhoid Vaccination

Typhoid is a bacterial infection that causes acute inflammation of the liver. It can lead to a serious condition that may lead to hospitalisation if not treated. Common symptoms of typhoid include loss of appetite, headache, fever nausea, lethargy, constipation, diarrhoea, and general pain, including stomach pain. Typhoid vaccination may be done as single, combined or oral vaccination

Following a risk assessment by our travel health professionals that is based on your itinerary, occupational or personal risks, you may be advised additional travel vaccinations for The Bahamas,  which include:

  • Hepatitis B vaccination

Hepatitis B affects the liver and spreads easily through infected bodily fluids. It can be contracted through sexual intercourse or sharing sharp objects like needles. Hepatitis B vaccination can either be single or combined vaccination.

  • Hepatitis A vaccination

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver. It is transmitted via blood or when you get in contact with contaminated surfaces.  The symptoms of Hepatitis A include jaundice, flu, general aches and pains, tiredness, and an aching liver.

Travel vaccination table for the Bahamas

The table below will give you a summary of the travel vaccination you will need before travelling to the Bahamas.

Vaccination traveller requirement Major Risk factors Course Price per dose
Hepatitis B Some traveller Body fluid, medical intervention Hepatitis B, three-course £ 80
MMR All traveller Person to Person MMR, Measles, Mumps, Rubella Two-course £ 100
Typhoid Most traveller Contaminated food or water Typhoid, single dose £ 95
Hepatitis A Some Traveller Contaminated food or water Hepatitis A, a single dose £ 60
DTaP All traveller Person to Person Tetanus, diphtheria, polio, single dose £ 85

Travel Health Advice for the Bahamas

  • Heat and Humidity

The islands of the Bahamas experience strong sun all year round. You should use a good sunblock lotion with SPF 20 or higher when you want to lounge at the beach or when you go snorkelling. Make sure you carry bottled water with you wherever you go, to stay hydrated. Take limited alcohol because it will dehydrate you.

  • Food

There are many foods with low hygiene standards because some of them were locally made, so you should take care of what you eat. You should avoid eating uncooked vegetables as well because some of them might be infected.

  • Seeking treatment abroad

There are good hospitals and clinics with good standards on the islands if you need health care in the Bahamas. You should arrange plenty of money because insurance cannot cover for health care on your travel.

The Bahamas is a beautiful place to visit. If you consider visiting the Bahamas on your next holiday, you will need a guide on vaccination to take to stay healthy when you are away. The Travel Clinic London can give you all the information on the vaccination you need to stay healthy on your travel.