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Australasia & Pacific - travel vaccination advice

Vaccination against various diseases is recommended when travelling to most Pacific Islands. The vaccines depend on the destination, type of accommodation, sanitary conditions, length of stay and the general health of the traveller.

Malaria precautions are essential in some of the Pacific Islands. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and, when necessary, sleeping under a mosquito net. In addition, antimalarial tablets are recommended when traveling to some of the Pacific Islands.

People who are unsure if they have had the MMR vaccine or whether they have had measles, mumps or rubella are recommended to take the MMR vaccine.

International travel can be divided into two main groups

GROUP I   

Business and tourist travel to cities and tourist resorts, staying in standard tourist-class hotels with good food hygiene and adequate sanitary conditions. 

GROUP II

Long-term foreign travel or residence in areas with poor hygiene and sanitation, and / or close and prolonged contact with locals (such as work, backpacking trips, immigrants on a visit to their former homeland). 

( ): Parentheses around the abbreviation means that the proposed prevention should be considered individually depending on the trip type and local geographic and seasonal variations in disease prevalence. In addition, the traveller's health, age and previous immunisation status should be considered.

Recommended vaccines

DESTINATION GROUP I GROUP II
Australia (Cape York and islands in Torres Strait) dTP-IPV*

dTP-IPV*
(J)

Australia (other than mentioned above), New Zealand dTP-IPV* dTP-IPV*

Christmas Island, Cook Islands, French Polynesia (incl. Tahiti),

Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, 

Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna Islands

dTP-IPV*
Hep A

dTP-IPV*
Hep A 
Typh

Fiji, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau

dTP-IPV*
Hep A

dTP-IPV*
Hep A
Typh 
(BCG) 

Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands,

Tuvalu, Vanuatu

dTP-IPV*
Hep A

dTP-IPV*
Hep A
Typh 
(BCG) 
(Rab)

American Samoa, Niue, Tonga

dTP-IPV*
Hep A

dTP-IPV*
Hep A
Typh
(Rab)
Papua New Guinea dTP-IPV*
Hep A
dTP-IPV*
Hep A
Typh
(Hep B)
(BCG)
(Rab)
(J)

*) Everybody should be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and poliomyelitis. Adults who have had the basic vaccinations should have a booster dose against these diseases every 10 years. 

** Some states / schools have their own requirements for meningococcal vaccination of pupils and students. Tuberculosis Vaccine (BCG) should not be given to those who will study in the United States.

Abbreviations for travel vaccines

  • dTP-IPV: Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio vaccine
  • Hep A: Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Hep B: Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Typh: Typhoid vaccine
  • J: Japanese encephalitis vaccine
  • Rab: Rabies vaccine
  • BCG: Tuberculosis vaccine

Source for travel vaccination advice given by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health 

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