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Health

Before You Go

Recommended Vaccinations

Make sure you are up to date on routine vaccines such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. In addition, the following vaccines are recommended for most travelers:

Hepatitus A

Typhoid

Some travelers should take extra precautions with the following vaccines:

Hepatitus B Recommended for travelers who might have sex with a new partner or get a tattoo or piercing.

Rabies Recommended for travelers who will be working with bats or spending a lot of time in caves.

Health Insurance

Your health insurance may not be accepted by medical facilities and practitioners in the Cayman Islands, though your insurance company should reimburse your expenses if you file a claim after the fact. To facilitate this process, you may want to get pre-approval from the insurance company before undergoing any treatment.

In Cayman

Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

The Zika virus has been reported in the Cayman Islands. The best protection against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid insect bites. Mosquitoes are vicious in Cayman, so it's recommended to wear insect repellent (preferably with DEET), especially in the evening.

The biggest danger of Zika is that a pregnant woman can pass the virus to her fetus, which can cause serious birth defects. Pregnant women are advised against traveling to the Cayman Islands at this time. If you or your partner intend to get pregnant, consult the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (www.cdc.org) for recommended precautions.

Tap Water

Tap water is safe to drink.

Availability & Cost of Health Care

Healthcare in Cayman is not free, though UK nationals may receive medical treatments for reduced cost or, in some cases, for free. Health insurance is required for all Cayman residents and recommended for all visitors.There are excellent medical facilities in the Cayman Islands:

Cayman Islands Hospital Grand Cayman's medical facility has a state-of-the-art recompression chamber.

Faith Hospital This modern hospital serves both the Brac and Little Cayman.