Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island

Travel vaccination advice for Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island

VACCINATIONS

Travellers should be up to date with routinely recommended vaccinations according to the routine UK immunisation programme.

Typhoid
Vaccination recommended for travellers whose activities put them at increased risk, including those visiting friends and relatives, those in contact with an infected person, young children, long-stay travellers, and those visiting areas of poor sanitation.

Hepatitis A
Vaccination recommended for all previously unvaccinated travellers. Hepatitis A vaccine is well tolerated and affords long-lasting protection.

Hepatitis B
Vaccination recommended for travellers whose activities or medical history put them at increased risk, including those who may have unprotected sex, those who may be exposed to contaminated needles (eg, through injecting drug use or receiving medical or dental care), those who may be exposed to blood or body fluids through their work (eg, health workers), long-stay travellers, those who are participating in contact sports and families adopting children from this country.

Rabies
Rabies has not been reported in domestic or wild animals in this country but bats may carry bat lyssavirus (bat rabies). Vaccination is recommended for travellers whose activities put them at increased risk, including those at risk due to their work (eg, those working with bats).

Yellow fever 
Tristan da Cunha only: International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) required if arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission or having transited through an airport of a risk country.

- applies to travellers from 6 months of age.

Saint Helena only: International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) required if arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

- applies to travellers from 12 months of age.

If a receiving country requires an ICVP as a condition of entry, and the individual should not receive the vaccine on medical grounds, a letter of medical exemption can be considered.

Tetanus
After a complete primary course of five doses, booster doses are only recommended for travellers whose last dose was more than 10 years ago, and who are travelling to countries where medical care may not be readily accessible.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Abbreviated information provided by the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). Refer to the Ascension Island (St Helena, Tristan da Cunha) page on travelhealthpro.org.uk for full details.


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