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22 May 2019

What vaccinations do i need for cuba?

Many of you travel to Cuba in an all-inclusive way to spend holidays with your family, your partner or just yourself.

The sun is present all year but the best period is between December and May. It is best to avoid the hurricane season that usually occurs between June and November.

You have decided to take the all-inclusive package. There are several sites in Cuba for travelers. Varadero is a big expansion site as well as Cayo Coco and Holguin.

Want to explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Do you dream of discovering the fusion of Spanish, Cuban and American culture? You will find all this and much more in Cuba.

But before enjoying the first mojito watching the sea, it is important that you take into account certain elements. Make sure you stay healthy throughout your trip. Do not let an illness ruin a memorable vacation.

Mojito

 

The official language in Cuba is Spanish and English is widely used in tourist centers, shops, restaurants as well as at your hotel.
 

The majority of Cubans working at your hotel earn a small salary.

 

Hotel staff and guides, for example, appreciate shampoo, diapers, fishing gear, underwear, glasses, school supplies, toys, or pieces of laundry (blouse, pants , shorts, t-shirt etc.) left by the travelers  when leaving, as well as a tip.

Many tourists buy pharmacy or dollar stores products with the intention of leaving them behind.

Be assured that the Cubans are grateful for these small gestures.

Dollarama

 

Want to spend a vacation on a tropical island bathed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea? Want to explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Do you dream of discovering the fusion of Spanish, Cuban and American culture? You will find all this and much more in Cuba.

But before enjoying the first mojito watching the sea, it is important that you take into account certain elements. Make sure you stay healthy throughout your trip. Do not let an illness ruin a memorable vacation.

 

Be up to date on your basic vaccination for traveling

 

Travelers planning to visit the island should be up to date on their basic vaccines. This includes the measles, rubella and mumps vaccine, the tetanus vaccine, diphtheria and pertussis, and the varicella vaccine.

 

Vaccination recommendations according to the characteristics of the trip for Cuba.

 

Recommandations for immunisation

  • Typhoid - Typhoid is a disease transmitted by food and drink. It is especially important that those who like to taste typical dishes locally and those who visit rural areas receive it.
  • Hepatitis A - This is another highly contagious disease transmitted by food or contaminated water.
  • Hepatitis B - The infection occurs through sexual contact, contact with contaminated needles or infected blood products.
  • Rabies - The rabies virus can be found in bats, dogs and other mammals. This vaccine is recommended for those who plan extended stays on the island and spend a lot of time outdoors.

Take an appointment at a vaccination center specialized for your vaccines.

 

Table of recommended vaccines for Cuba

 

Vaccines

Recommendations

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Whooping cough

Generally recommended regardless of going on a trip, according to your basic vaccination schedule

Triple Viral (measles, rubella, mumps)

Generally recommended regardless of going on a trip, according to your basic vaccination scheduleselon votre calendrier de vaccination de base

Hepatitis A

Generally recommended.

Hepatitis B

Generally recommended.

Rabies

Special situations, depending on the trip characteristics or the traveler's health.

Typhoid fever

Special situations, depending on the trip characteristics or the traveler's health.

Influenza

Generally recommended for everyone regardless of the current season

Pneumococcal

Special situations, depending on the trip characteristics or the traveler's health.

 

Go to a specialized vaccination center to receive your vaccines

 

 

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Traveling in Cuba: Our advice


Here are some tips and recommendations to get the right reflexes to avoid any worries.

 

Pregnant women should avoid any trip to Cuba


The Government of Canada's Public Health Agency has issued travel advisories on the Zika virus. It recommends that Canadians take special health precautions if they travel to the countries currently affected. Pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant should avoid any trip to Cuba.

 

Beware of mosquitoes.


There is a proliferation of mosquito presence during the rainy season. Take a good mosquito repellent with you to help prevent bites and disease transmission.

To deal with the problem of mosquito bites, follow these tips:

  • Wear clothes that cover the ends.
  • Apply strong repellents in areas where the skin is exposed. Apply sunscreen first, wait 20 minutes, then apply repellent.
  • Treat clothes with permethrin according to your type of trip and your place of residence.
  • Check the rooms and try to keep the windows and mosquito nets closed.
  • If you sleep outside or in a rural area, use mosquito nets to protect yourself.

 

Be careful with food


Cuban food can sometimes be difficult to digest and make travel more uncomfortable. Eat with caution, watch for the degree of spice in your dishes and those of your family members. Meals usually contain a lot of fat and can weigh heavily on the stomach. Avoid an intestinal infection (traveler's diarrhea) by lightening your dishes and being vigilant about what presents a risk.

 

Robbery and violence


People are not necessarily homeless and hungry in Cuba, but they are not consumers who are full of money.

Therefore, tourists who walk around with dazzling jewelry, watches designers, smooth smartphones and earphones for iPod are easy targets. As everywhere else, an opportunistic street crime can occur when tourists display their property for the benefit of the homeless.

Just avoid bringing them and you will not be also a target for pickpockets.

 

Get in touch with travel health specialists


Finally, do not hesitate to contact a travel health specialist to get vaccinated or if you have a health problem. He will be able to provide you with detailed information on the vaccines needed according to your itinerary and activities in Cuba!

 

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When traveling, regardless of your destination or physical condition, a consultation with a trained health professional is expected at least 6 weeks before your departure.

Christine Dumontet RN 

President Dumontet CSV and Founder of Travel Health Assist

 

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