Travel Advice for the Philippines

The Philippines is a fascinating archipelago, made up of thousands of islands where you can explore stunning beaches and enjoy superb surfing and diving.

Vaccines for the Philippines

Vaccinations that are highly recommended for all travellers include:-

Vaccinations that are highly recommended for all travellers to Cape Verde include:-

Other vaccinations that can be considered for travellers heading to the Philippines are Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis.

Rabies is an especially high risk in the Philippines. It is a virus that is transmitted by the bite, scratch or lick of an animal on broken skin. The virus is found in the saliva of animals and once it enters the body and the nervous system, it is fatal. There is a large number of stray animals in the Philippines so extra care should be taken to avoid contact with animals. The rabies vaccine is strongly recommended for travellers to the Philippines – if you are not vaccinated against rabies and are exposed to it, you may face problems, as treatment against rabies difficult to obtain in-country for those who have not been immunised before travel

Care should be taken against mosquito bites in the Philippines. The whole country has a risk of dengue fever, chikungunya fever and Zika virus, all of which are spread through the infected bite of a mosquito.  There are no specific vaccinations against these viruses and therefore strict precautions need to be taken to minimise mosquito bites. Travellers can minimize bites by wearing long loose clothing, using insect repellent with DEET, treating clothes with permethrin and using plug-in vaporisers inside to deter mosquitoes.

There is a low risk of malaria in the Philippines and travellers are not usually advised to take anti-malarial medication.

Strict precautions should be taken to prevent food and water-borne illnesses. In addition to vaccinations, travellers should pay close attention to what they eat and drink. Tap water should be avoided, and bottled water with a seal intact should be bought. Ice in drinks should be avoided since it is likely that it will have been made with tap water. Food should be well cooked and served to order.

Those who are prone to travel sickness may wish to take sea-sickness medication with them if they intend to do any island hopping, Often boats between island can be quite small and the waters that surround the islands can be choppy.  Medications such as cinnarizine can be helpful but should be taken prior to the onset of symptoms.

The Philippines is a major destination for scuba diving. There is an abundance of pristine coral reefs throughout the archipelago and those who plan to take the plunge should be careful to avoid coral cuts and abrasions. Extra care needs to be taken with coral cuts to prevent them from becoming infected. Packing a small first aid kit with tweezers, waterproof dressings and antiseptic is a sensible idea.


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