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Antarctica Travel Health Advice and Vaccinations - Shim Clinic

Vaccinations and disease prophylaxis recommended when travelling to Antarctica.

All travellers

Make sure you are up-to-date with your routine vaccinations before you travel to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel to Antarctica. These vaccines include:

Get your Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine before going to Antarctica. These vaccines may have been given during childhood, but over time, your immunity may have weakened, thus making you susceptable to being infected. Immunity testing is available, and if the levels are found to be non protective, then the vaccination should be given.
Get your Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acelluar Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine before going to Antarctica. During childhood, the Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTP) vaccine may have been given, but over time, your immunity may have weakened. Shim Clinic recommends that every 10 years, you should repeat the adult version, which is the Tdap vaccine.
Get your Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine before going to Antarctica. Particularly for those who recall never having been infected with Chickenpox in the past. Varicella immunity testing is available. And if levels are found to be not protective, then the vaccination should be given.
Get your Polio vaccine before going to Antarctica. Although this vaccine may have been given during childhood, but over time, your immunity may have weakened, thus making you susceptable to being infected.
Get your annual Influenza (Flu) vaccine before going to Antarctica. Every 6 months, the World Health Organisation (WHO) issues new Influenza vaccine composition recommendations. As the recommended composition may change with each season, Shim Clinic recommends that you should keep yourself updated with the latest vaccine.

Most travellers

Get these travel vaccines and medications, because there is a risk of these diseases when visiting Antarctica

Some travellers

Shim Clinic recommends these vaccines and medications when travelling to Antarctica based on, where you are going, how long you are stying, and what you will be doing, and from what country you will be travelling from.

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