Travel Vaccines and Advice for Mauritius
The island country of Mauritius includes six different islands in the Indian Ocean. The islands were colonized under several different countries including the Dutch, French and British. The country gained its independence in 1968.
English is the official language of Mauritius. But, the islands are multi-ethnic and multi-religious. The most widely-practiced religions are Hinduism and Christianity.
The capital city of Port Louis has a population of 140,000 and it is the largest city in Mauritius.
Mauritius is home to some of the rarest animal and plant species in the world.
Do I Need Vaccines for Mauritius?
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Mauritius. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Mauritius: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
See the bullets below to learn more about some of these key immunizations:
- Hepatitis A –
Food & Water –
Recommended for most travelers
- Hepatitis B –
Blood & Body Fluids –
Accelerated schedule available
- Typhoid –
Food & Water –
Shot lasts 2 years. Oral vaccine lasts 5 years, must be able to swallow pills. Oral doses must be kept in refrigerator.
- Yellow Fever –
Required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
- Rabies –
Saliva of Infected Animals –
Vaccine recommended for long-term travelers and those who may come in contact with animals.
- Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) –
Various Vectors –
Given to anyone unvaccinated and/or born after 1957. One time adult booster recommended.
- TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis) –
Wounds & Airborne –
Only one adult booster of pertussis required.
- Chickenpox –
Direct Contact & Airborne –
Given to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox.
- Shingles –
Direct Contact –
Vaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.
- Pneumonia –
Two vaccines given se