Occasionally, you will see a forum post warning about Malaria.  Malaria is endemic to Hispanola, especially the western side (Haiti) and is transmitted by mosquitoes. Please do not rely on advice from anyone on these forums as to what to do concerning your, or your childrens health. Please note. The World Health Organisation advises government bodies on risks and on Malaria policy, however, the UK National Health Service advises the travelling UK public on health matters through web sites listed below.  You are therefore advised to take note of the contents of these links and consult your Doctor or Practice Nurse for advice on all vaccinations including the use of malaria prophylaxis before travelling to this area.

Note.  The majority of travel insurance companies have disclaimers in their Travel insurance policy wording booklet:  

Typically. We will not cover the following: Any costs that are a result of a tropical disease, if you have not had the recommended vaccinations or taken the recommended medication. 

UK Residents refer to the following three sites:

Immunisations/vaccinations

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destin... 

http://www.nathnac.org/ds/c_pages/cou... 

http://www.nhs.uk/medicine-guides/pag...

The site below is particular useful with the user being able to input their travel itinerary.

Note.  It is a private clinic, so costs will be incurred.

http://www.masta-travel-health.com/Jo...

 

Malaria 

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destin...

http://www.nathnac.org/ds/c_pages/cou... 

Malaria map 

http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destin... 

Chikungunya virus updates on this site. See  Recent  Clinical Updates paragraph

http://www.nathnac.org/ds/c_pages/cou...

http://www.nathnac.org/UpdatesListFor...

Food and Drink 

The best way to ensure a great vacation is not to overindulge with food and drink. All food served at the resorts is safe to eat, even lettuce, raw fruit, and salads. Please eat and drink in moderation and you should suffer no ill effects.

The hotels use only purified water for cooking and for making ice.  If they do not they will tell you otherwise. Most have strict quality control procedures in place regarding food and drink and the cleanliness of their premises. If you are unsure about anything you should ask when being served.

If you travel outside the resort, drink only bottled water, and drinks with no ice in them. If you are not sure of something do not eat or drink it.  Do not take chances! 

Resorts can have several bars. Normally they are found in the lobby, at the beach and by the pool. Just ask for a drink and you will be served. If you do not want alcohol in your drink just say "sin (no) alcohol". The local beer is Presidente.  The local liquor is called Normandy or Columbus.  Some 5 star resorts do have International brands of liquor available. Tropical drinks and cocktails are also available, e.g. nana Mama, Strawberry Daquiri, and Pina Colada. Please note, that many tropical drinks contain coconut milk, which is a natural laxative!

If you become sick and wish to self medicate, Immodium, Alka-Seltzer/Pepto-Bismal/Tums, and Tylenol can be used to alleviate the symptoms, but you should follow the advice of the enclosed leaflets/printed on the box and never exceed the recommended dose. You are advised to take them with you, because they can be expensive to purchase locally!  If you have a stomach upset and are unsure of your symptoms it is best to consult the resort local doctor.