Dominican Republic is a nation in the Caribbean whose border is shared with Haiti.
Vaccinations for Dominican Republic
For most travellers the recommended vaccinations vaccinations for Dominican Republic include: Tetanus
For people trekking in the countryside, staying for longer periods or for those at higher risk, recommended vaccinations for Dominican Republic might include: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Measles Mumps & Rubella, Rabies, & Typhoid
Vaccines Recommended to All Travellers to Dominican Republic
All travellers to all areas of this country are advised to have these vaccinations along with staying up to date with the routine vaccination schedule for the UK. Book a consultation for a full travel health risk assessment.
Vaccines Recommended to Some Travellers to Dominican Republic
These vaccinations may be advised depending on the specific areas you are travelling to, your medical history and your itinary. Book a consultation for expert guidance on whether these vaccines are recommended for you.
Measles, Mumps & Rubella
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) are viral illnesses spread by the respiratory route; coughing, sneezing etc. They are present globally in all countries of the world and are therefore MMR is a risk to all travellers.
- 2 doses of MMR are required
- Doses administered 1 month apart
- Given any time before travel
Rabies is endemic throughout most of the world. The Rabies virus is carried in the saliva of infected mammals. Rabies affects the nervous system and, once symptoms develop, death is inevitable – even with good medical care.
- 3 doses of Rabies are required
- Doses administered 21-28 days apart
- Given any time before travel
Typhoid is spread through contaminated food and water. Typhoid is common in areas with poor standards in food hygiene & preparation, and where suitable treatment of sewage is lacking. There are several types of Typhoid vaccination available.
- 1-3 doses of Typhoid are required
- Doses administered once or over 4 days
- Given 7-14 days before travel
Malaria Risk in Dominican Republic
Malaria is present in Dominican Republic.
There is no vaccination against Malaria, you may need to take Antimalarial tablets as it is a risk area. We recommend you have a consultation with an expert Nomad nurse to talk through your malaria tablet recommendations.
Other Health Risks
Chikungunya in Dominican Republic
There is a risk of Chikungunya virus in this country. Spread by mosquitos, Chikungunya virus is widespread across Africa, South-East Asia, the Indian sub-continent and the Philippines. Occasionally, the virus can be found in other countries where the mosquito that spreads Chikungunya can also be found. There is no vaccination against Chikungunya, it is important to protect yourself with bite avoidance products like DEET. For more information – click here.
High Altitude in Dominican Republic
There are some high altitude areas. Travellers should take care to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) by taking time to acclimatise properly. AMS can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, level of fitness or training. At high altitude, extra precautions should be taken against the harsh conditions, which can cause damaging ultraviolet and cold exposure. All Nomad Travel Health Nurses are trained to advise on AMS, and it may be appropriate for you to take certain medications that may help with acclimatisation. Book an appointment to discuss health issues related to altitude, based on your specific itinerary. For more information – click here.
Dengue Fever in Dominican Republic
There is a risk of Dengue Fever. It is spread by a species of mosquito called Aedes aegypti, otherwise known as the ‘tiger mosquito’ which mainly bites during the day. The illness is widespread throughout the tropics and subtropics, affecting over 100 countries with approximately 50 million cases globally a year. Currently most infections occur in SE Asia, South and Central America, Mexico, Africa, Indian sub-continent, Hawaii and the Pacific. There is currently no vaccination against Dengue Fever, it is therefore important to protect yourself during the day with bite avoidance products like DEET. For more information – click here.