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Vaccinations for Barbados

There are no vaccinations required for entry to Barbados from Ireland. However, most tourists would be encouraged to receive cover against the more common food and water borne diseases.


For the short-term tourist the recommended vaccinations for Barbados provided cover against Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Diphtheria. For those embarking on a more long-term trip to Barbados or undertaking adventure sports cover against Hepatitis B should also be considered. Travellers should plan their initial consultation with the Tropical Medical Bureau for at least 4 – 6 week in advance of leaving Ireland.

Malaria transmission does not occur within the West Indies including Barbados. However other mosquito borne diseases, such as Dengue Fever, can be a significant problem. Mosquitoes that tend to bite in urban areas during the daylight hours transmit this disease and so care against insect bites is encouraged throughout the whole day.

The temperature in Barbados is generally similar throughout the year with levels between 20°C to 30°C at most times.

Sun exposure most commonly occurs in those who do not cover up sufficiently and particularly if asleep beside the pool, exhausted due to jet lag, soon after arrival. Take care that children are kept cool, drink plenty of fluids and take extra salt in their diet (crisps, salted biscuits etc) to help overcome these effects.

The majority of tourists to Barbados will enjoy a healthy time on the island with little reason for concern providing they follow some simple common-sense rules regarding seafood consumption, sun exposure and dehydration.

Please note that this information only contains guidelines and further more in depth detail will provided to you in your consultation.


All Travellers

Tetanus
Tetanus is contracted through contaminated cuts, bites and breaks in the skin. The vaccination provides cover for approximately 10 years in the majority of patients. It is frequently combined with cover against other diseases such as Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria and/or Pertussis.
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is a common disease in many of the hotter regions of the world and usually contracted through contaminated food and water. Cover against Hepatitis A can be given alone or combined with protection against Typhoid or Hepatitis B. Once completed, the Hepatitis A vaccination (given on two occasions 6 to 12 months apart) provides cover for approximately 25 years in the majority of patients.

Optional

Typhoid
Typhoid is a bacterial disease contracted through contaminated food and water. This vaccine can be combined with cover against Hepatitis A. Once completed, the Typhoid vaccination given on one occasion provides cover for between 2 to 3 years in the majority of patients
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a viral disease which is usually transmitted in a very similar fashion to HIV/AIDS through contact with infected body fluids (eg blood exposure and sexually). This vaccine can be combined with cover against Hepatitis A. The standard schedule for Hepatitis B is to administer the vaccine on days 0, 28 and 180. A more rapid schedule can be used in cases where cover is needed more urgently and this is administered on days 0, 7, 21 to 28 and also 365. Following either course (and not before completion) a blood test can be taken to confirm sufficient antibody protection. Where the correct level of antibodies are showing (>100iu) the vaccination is recognised to provide cover for life.
There is no malaria risk within this country

Country Profile

Find out more about the health risks you should be aware of when travelling in Barbados by reading the DFA Barbados country information page
or the WHO Barbados country information page.