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Puerto Rico

Risk / Health Info for Puerto Rico

Global Travel Clinics can help you work out what inoculations you need to go to Puerto Rico.

Dengue fever in Puerto Rico
There have been cases of the mosquito-borne virus dengue fever in Puerto Rico. Dengue fever is also known as breakbone fever because of the severe bone, joint and muscular pains it causes, in addition to flu-like fever and headache. There is no vaccine for dengue fever. Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents (50% DEET) and by wearing protective clothing. Sleeping with mosquito nets is also recommended.
Schistosomiasis in Puerto Rico
The schistosomiasis parasite enters humans through the skin during contact with fresh water. To prevent infection, avoid swimming or paddling in lakes and streams in Puerto Rico. This condition is also known as bilharzia.
Zika in Puerto Rico
Global Affairs Canada has issued a warning about the risk of contracting Zika in Puerto Rico. Zika is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, and infection during pregnancy has been linked to birth defects. Women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should take advice before travelling to Puerto Rico. Zika symptoms include rash, itch, mild fever, headache, red eyes, muscle and joint pains. Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents (50% DEET) and by wearing protective clothing. Mosquito nets and air conditioning should be used when sleeping.
Chikungunya virus in Puerto Rico
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported in Puerto Rico. It is spread by day-biting mosquitoes and you can guard against infection by covering up and using mosquito repellents. Infection results in joint pains, fever, rash and headache. It clears up after a few days, but some patients are left with swollen and painful joints for weeks or even years afterwards.

Covid-19 Testing for Puerto Rico

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Recommended Vaccines for Puerto Rico

Vaccine NameCourse
Hepatitis A2 Doses
Hepatitis A and B combined (adult)3 Doses
Hepatitis A and B combined (paediatric)2 Doses
Hepatitis A and typhoid (combined)1 Dose
Hepatitis A (paediatric)1 Dose
Hepatitis B3 Doses
Hepatitis B (paediatric)3 Doses
Typhoid1 Dose
Typhoid (oral)1 Dose
This is a general list of travel vaccinations and immunisations for Puerto Rico. Specific vaccines can only be determined after appointment with our travel nurse.

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About Puerto Rico

Located in the north Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. Its landscape is mostly mountainous. It has a tropical climate and experiences the Atlantic hurricane season, as well as a certain amount of tectonic activity. As with many islands it has its own set of endemic plant, animal and bird species.

top Tips for travelling to Puerto Rico

A trip to Old San Juan will allow you to take in the pretty colonial architecture. The town offers numerous historical sites including forts, fountains and plazas