Health Information for Travelers to AntarcticaTraveler View
For travelers to Antarctica, severe low temperatures and high winds are the primary health hazards. Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, and driest place on earth. Temperature patterns vary widely because the continent is covered in continuous darkness during the winter and continuous sunlight during the summer, with a few weeks of sunrises and sunsets between seasons.
The effects of the sun in Antarctica (because of the sun’s reflecting off the snow) can be damaging to the eyes and skin, and protective measures should be taken.
The risk of influenza, measles, mumps, and other diseases easily spread from person-to-person is related to travel and living conditions. People from all over the world may travel to Antarctica on cruise ships. Sharing close living quarters with people from many different places increases the risk of exposure to illnesses. Travelers should be up-to-date with routine vaccinations, including influenza vaccine. Other travel vaccines should be considered according to what countries you travel through on your way to Antarctica.
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