Prepare for the trip
Indian Ocean Health Information
Reunion, Mauritius, Maldives, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mayotte or even Zanzibar: the islands of the Indian Ocean await you from Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport. Each having its own characteristics in climate as well as health conditions, it is recommended to take some precautions and check your vaccinations before travelling, according to destination.
Which vaccinations for travelling to Indian Oceans islands?
Whichever island in the Indian Ocean you have chosen for your holidays, these basic vaccinations are recommended: DTP and whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A for flights to Madagascar, the Seychelles, Mayotte, Maldives Islands or Zanzibar. Other vaccinations (meningococcal meningitis A and C or Rabies) are also necessary for some islands in this part of the world.
Concerning Malaria: Reunion Island, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Maldives Islands do not require an anti-malaria vaccination. Consider having one for the other destinations in the Indian Ocean.
Although Reunion Island or Mayotte are Overseas French departments and regions (French national health cards are valid), it is not the case for the other destinations. Ensure that you have a valid personal health travel insurance that can cover medical emergencies and repatriation during your stay.
Prevention against infectious and parasitic diseases in the Indian Ocean area
Even though some islands of the Indian Ocean present no particular health risks for tourists, it is recommended to be vigilant wherever you go. Always pay attention to the quality of the water and the food you intake to avoid possible gastric and intestinal problems (traveller’s diarrhea, cholera).
For certain destinations, pack a basic pharmacy kit to make up for the lack of health structures at your destination.
For protection against chikungunya, present in one part of the Indian Ocean, wear full-length clothing (even pre-treated) and apply repellent on visible body parts. The use of a treated mosquito net is also recommended.