Health insurance is strongly recommended as medical treatment is expensive. There are several GPs on the island as well as one hospital and one private clinic. Recompression chambers are on nearby Saba and St Thomas (travel by air ambulance). Please note that the private health clinic, Adelin does not accept medical travel insurance in payment for treatment, and will require a deposit of US$4,000 by credit card before treatment can be given.
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.
Malaria is not present but dengue fever may occur. 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 Antigua with a baby or toddler. Vaccinations for Hep A and tetanus are recommended.