Travel Vaccinations to the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands is a Spanish archipelago off the coast of North Western Africa with a population of 2 million people and a climate at a high of 29C. Regardless of the area you are staying in the Canary Islands, vaccines should be taken as preventative measures before travelling.


Who Vaccination Risk When
All patients Measles You can easily catch measles by breathing in droplets, touching a surface the droplets have settled on and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth (the virus can survive on surfaces for a few hours). 6-11 months: 1 dose 4-6 weeks before travel. This dose does not count as the first dose in the routine childhood vaccination series.

12 months or older: 2nd dose must be given 28 days apart.

Some patients Hepatitis A Hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated food or water in the Canary Islands, regardless of where you are eating or staying. 2 weeks before travel.
Some patients Hepatitis B Contracted through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products. 2 months before travel.
Some patients Rabies Rabies is present in bats in the Canary Islands. However, it is not a major risk to most travellers. This vaccine is recommended to these groups:

Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for bat bites (such as adventure travel and caving).

People who will be working with or around bats (such as wildlife professionals and researchers).

1 month before travel.