Travel Vaccination Advice for Niue
Although Niue looks exotic and a world away from what you know back home, it is one of the safest South Pacific countries to visit. In fact, if we can be candid, this article can be cut short right here by stating that you do not need any vaccines to travel to Niue. However, the WHO (World Health Organisation) still has recommendations for worldwide travel. It recommends being up to date with vaccinations such as diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio. It is also worth noting that you may need a booster for those vaccinations you may have had as a child.
All in all, we recommend booking an appointment with your GP about a month prior to your trip to cover all your bases. Just so we cover it all, we’ll go over all of the above in detail in this guide to the required vaccines to travel to Niue.
What Vaccinations Do You Need to Enter Niue?
There are no vaccination requirements for entering Niue except for if you are coming from a yellow fever area. In this case, you need an International Health Certificate showing immunisation within the last 10 years.
Recommended Vaccinations for Niue
Ok, so yes the list below seems quite long. However, the risk of travellers contracting the viruses below is extremely slim in Niue. The list below is of common vaccines that are recommended to most travellers.
Being up to date with your vaccinations will offer peace of mind when travelling to remote South Pacific Islands such as Niue. We recommend booking an appointment with your doctor between four and six weeks before departure, so you have time to schedule all the required vaccinations and boosters before you leave.
Travel Vaccinations for Niue
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Also known as “Hep A”, Hepatitis A spreads through unhygienic food and water. Most cases see a full recovery from Hepatitis A and the vaccine is close to 100% protective.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
“Hep B” is a very serious disease that spreads through bodily fluids, such as blood, saliva and such. The vaccine is extremely efficient while treatment is complex and long. This is a vaccine you want to have done and updated.
Measles Mumps Rubella Vaccine
The “MMR” vaccine is part of the basic round of vaccines given to children in most western countries. Although you are likely to have had this vaccine as a kid, getting a booster every 10 years or so is a good idea.
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis Vaccine
The TDAP vaccine prevents tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, which are airborne diseases that can also affect open wounds. Adult boosters every 10 years are highly recommended.
Spreading through food and water, polio is mostly eradicated as it is part of the routine vaccine for children across the world. However, an adult booster is still recommended.
Meningitis has been an issue in the South Pacific before but not in Niue. This vaccine is still recommended to anyone that has not been vaccinated before especially for young and senior travellers.
Health Issues to Be Aware of in Niue
We’ve just established that Niue is extremely safe and that a few vaccines may do the trick in keeping you safe and giving you peace of mind. We thought it would be helpful to go over a few extra health issues that you want to be aware of. Check out our article on How to Keep Safe in Niue for more tips.
Spending too long under the Niuean sun may give you that holiday glow that will make the whole office jealous, but it can also cause heatstroke. Keep using sunscreen regularly, wear a sunhat and drink plenty of water.
This mosquito-transmitted disease is best prevented by avoiding mosquito bites during the day. Luckily we have a full article on how to avoid mosquito bites in Niue so you are well prepared, from insect repellent to long-sleeved clothing.
E-coli (Traveller’s Diarrhoea)
Drinking contaminated water or consuming food that has been washed or prepared with contaminated water can send you to the bathroom for a few days. Make sure to check out our article on making sure that the water in Niue is safe and wash your hands regularly and you should have a peaceful holiday.
Eating reef fish that have fed on a specific type of toxic seaweed causes this disease. It is not easily preventable so stick to eating the same fish that the locals are eating or stay away from reef fish altogether and go for big game fish, if it is on the menu.
More About Safety and Vaccines to Travel to Niue
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