Check the NHS Fit for Travel Website or the CDC website for up to date information on health and vaccines. Also make sure you talk to your doctor in advance of booking just in case there are any special precautions or vaccines which your baby might need.
In recent years, health standards have greatly improved throughout the Bahamas. Particularly in Nassau and Grand Bahama, new hospitals and healthcare facilities have opened and are providing high quality care. Increased investments in the local health sector as well as the employment of qualified physicians, nurses, and dentists have improved the overall health of people living in the Bahamas.
Many of the Out Islands are serviced by small government clinics, usually found off the Queen’s Hwy in the major settlements. Clinics are usually open 9am to 5pm, though most have a doctor on call. In Nassau and on Grand Bahama, emergency rooms are open 24/7.
The emergency services in The Bahamas can be contacted by dialling 911 or 919.
Health insurance is strongly recommended as medical treatment is expensive.
Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets so it is best to use bottled water for young children and when preparing bottles. Bottled water is available and is advised for the first few weeks of the stay. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption so there is no need to be overly cautious. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.
There are occasional outbreaks of malaria and Dengue fever in The Bahamas. Normal precautions against mosquito bites should be taken and visitors should drink plenty of water to mitigate any risk of heat stroke due to high temperatures. See Insect Protection and Sun Protection for more information. Be sure to speak to your GP about health risks before booking a trip to the Bahamas with a baby or toddler. Vaccinations for Hep A and tetanus are recommended.