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Travel Vaccines For Jamaica
The Recommended Vaccines For Your Trip

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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer

I am almost certain you are enquiring about COVID vaccines, but just in case are searching for other travel vaccines for Jamaica, here are the recommended ones.

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Though it might be rather difficult to remember the time before Coronavirus disrupted life as we knew it, there were other vaccines required for travel depending on where you are heading.

And, there are a few vaccines that you need to travel to Jamaica.

Why do we need vaccines?

Our immune systems are not always equipped to fight the various viruses that can enter bodies at any given point. The vaccines help to give your body a โ€œleg upโ€ against the viruses. There are some vaccines that are more common among most persons depending on pandemics of the past and to prevent the same from recurring again.

This means, essentially, that the more persons are vaccinated against a virus the less likely it is to become a pandemic.

But in some areas, the need for protection against some viruses is more than others and this works both ways. So, some countries might require that you have vaccines to enter their country to protect their citizens just as your home country may require that you have some vaccines to travel to certain areas based on the common virus that might be found there.

Vaccines Needed To Travel To Jamaica

Yellow Fever is the only vaccine recommended for all travellers coming to Jamaica. Though there is no threat of contracting the virus, there is a certificate requirement to enter the island for every person over the age of 1 year old.

One dose of this vaccine should be administered at least 10 days before your date of departure.

Not having the yellow fever vaccine does not mean you wonโ€™t be admitted into the country. There are additional lines you need to join and precautions you need to make but you will still be admitted into the country.

Recommended Travel Vaccines For Jamaica

  • Tetanus - Anytime before travel (1 dose)

  • Hepatitis A - is spread through consuming contaminated food and water or person to person through the faecal-oral route. This should be administered at least 2 weeks before travel

  • Hepatitis B - is spread through infected blood and blood products, contaminated needles and medical instruments and sexual intercourse. 3 doses are recommended 3 weeks before travel

  • Rabies (Bat Lyssavirus). Bites from infected canines and bats cause rabies.

  • Diptheria - This is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. One dose is recommended anytime before travel

A personal recommendation is the Influenza shot. There are many reasons behind you catching a cold but Iโ€™m sure the last thing you want is the flu on vacation.

Ways Through Which Viruses Are Spread

  • Food and water hygiene
  • Insect and animal bite avoidances
  • Personal safety
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Altitude sickness

Speaking of insect bites, Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya viruses are three which often infect persons in Jamaica, Dengue especially. Dengue is the second leading cause of illnesses in travellers upon returning to their home country.

So, it is heavily stressed that you take the necessary precaution against insect bites while in Jamaica. Every reliable travel essential guide must include mosquito repellants when travelling to Jamaica.

There are currently no vaccinations against these three viruses and so the onus is on you to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and those you are travelling with if any.

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References & Sources For Travel Vaccines For Jamaica

  1. Why do we need vaccines? | News | Wellcome, https://wellcome.org/news/why-do-we-need-vaccines
  2. NaTHNaC - Jamaica, https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/113/jamaica#Vaccine_recommendations
  3. Jamaica - Fit for Travel, https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/caribbean/jamaica
  4. Travel Vaccinations For Jamaica, https://www.londontravelclinic.co.uk/destinations/jamaica

Travel Vaccines For Jamaica | Written: August 14th, 2022

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