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Papua New Guinea Travel Health Advice and Vaccinations - Shim Clinic

Vaccinations and disease prophylaxis recommended when travelling to Papua New Guinea.

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 Papua New Guinea. These vaccines include:

Get your Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine before going to Papua New Guinea. 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 Papua New Guinea. 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 Papua New Guinea. 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 Papua New Guinea. 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 Papua New Guinea. 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 Papua New Guinea

Shim Clinic recommends this vaccine, because you can get Hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Papua New Guinea, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Papua New Guinea. Shim Clinic recommends this vaccine for most travellers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Some travellers

Shim Clinic recommends these vaccines and medications when travelling to Papua New Guinea 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.

You can get Hepatitis B through sexual contact, contamiated needles, and blood products, so Shim Clinic recommends this vaccine if you might bave sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures in Papua New Guinea.
When travelling to Papua New Guinea, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent Malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to Papua New Guinea to prevent Malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are travelling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Shim Clinic can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent Malaria.
You may need this vaccine if your trip will last more than a month, depending on where you are going in Papua New Guinea, and what time of the year you are travelling. You should consider this vaccine if you plan to visit rural areas in Papua New Guinea or will be spending a lot of time outdoors, even for trips shorter than a month. Shim Clinic can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.
Rabies is not a major risk to most travellers to Papua New Guinea. Shim Clinic recommends rabies vaccine paticularly for these groups:
  • Travellers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for animal bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
  • People who would be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips, or moving to Papua New Guinea.
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

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