Health information for French Polynesia

No mandatory vaccinations are required. No snakes or venomous spiders.

But some precautions need to be taken:

  • Chikungugnya & dengue :use mosquito repellent.
    The epidemic is iver. I’d like to mention dengue fever and chinkungugnya because the latter recently arrived here. For those who are not informed, and considering the importance given to epidemics by the media, I would like to reassure you. Transmitted by mosquitos, the best way to avoid these diseases is the diligent use of insect repellents. If you’re unlucky and get sick, dengue fever symptoms are similar to flu without a cough, with fever, aches, loss of appetite. Chinkungugnya comes with headaches, sore joints making it difficult to get up, and itching skin infections. Severe cases of these diseases are, according to doctors, linked to those with existing medical conditions, infants and the elderly. Epidemy
  • Protect yourself from the sun
  • In the lagoon :
    COPYRIGHT HOLLER (67) You’re in a natural environment so don’t put your hands in coral holes, a Moray eel may be living there. They’re no threat unless they feel threatened.
    COPYRIGHT HOLLER (16) Look where you put your feet to avoid damaging the coral, or red orange sea stars. They have spines like a sea urchin and are venomous, taramea in Tahitian, acanthaster.
    COPYRIGHT HOLLER (158) The stonefish hide very well, its sting is very painful because of the poison contains in its backbones. Always wear water shoes.
  • On land :
    • Beware of straying dogs. Unfortunately, it is a big problem here. Take a stick with you when you go for a walk.
    • Centipede : Their bite is very painful. However, you will barely see them unless you lift stones or flower pots. Don’t leave you wet linen on the ground, they love humidity and could hideout underneath.
      Copyright  underwater photos  Rodolphe Holler

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