Ijet : health brief
Traveling to: US Virgin Islands
Health Brief prepared for: UCAR User User
Prepared on: Jun 8, 2011 5:40:35 PM GMT
US Virgin Islands
Immunizations: Recommended immunizations for the United States Virgin Islands.
Up-to-date routine immunizations, including tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox) and influenza, are
important for all international travelers, regardless of destination. For those age 65 and older, pneumococcal vaccine is also important. (See:Routine Immunizations - Worldwide.)
Three-dose series. Recommended for all travelers who make frequent trips to the U.S. Virgin Islands or who will spendsix months or more in the country, and short-term travelers whose activities or occupation put them at high risk. HepatitisA /Hepatitis B also available in a combined vaccine.
One-dose injectable vaccine or oral four-capsule sequence recommended if you will travel to areas of questionablesanitation. You may also contract typhoid in a resort setting, but the risk is relatively small.
In addition to vaccines, prescription medications can be important.
Travelers can carry an antibiotic to be used in case traveler's diarrhea develops, or in some cases, as prophylaxis against
traveler's diarrhea. A quinolone antibiotic - such as ciprofloxacin - or azithromycin or rifaximin is generally prescribed. Checkwith your healthcare provider.
Health Planning: Health risks in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Traveler's diarrhea is commonly caused by bacteria, but can also
The most common illness in travelers. Contaminated food
Present in coastal and urban areas. Take precautions toavoid mosquitoes.
Food/Water Safety: Health concerns regarding food and beverage consumption in the U.S. Virgin Islands are minimal.
Sanitation and food handling procedures are good in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Health concerns related to food and beverages are minimal,
however, avoid eating reef fish. Ciguatera poisoning occurs and results from eating grouper, snapper, amberjack and barracuda. The toxinremains in the fish even after cooking. As a further safety measure and general rule, drinking bottled water is recommended.
Since 2004, the U.S. Virgin Islands tests 43 popular beaches weekly. Warning signs are posted at beaches where elevated levels of fecalbacteria are discovered.
Medical Facilities/Services: Medical facilities in the US Virgin Islands.
The following information on available medical facilities is provided by the Virgin Islands Department of Health.
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