Tourists from all over the world should not worry about their health in Guam. There have not been any reported major health incidences in this tiny US island territory. It is a comfort to know that there are two major hospitals that can cater to any forms of emergency. The two main hospitals are the Guam Memorial Hospital at Gov. Carlos G Camacho Road, Oka, Tamuning, with telephone number 647-2555, and the US Naval Hospital at Farenholt Avenue, Agana Heights, with telephone number at 344-9340. There are also a number of health centers such as the Guam Department of Health Centers in Santa Monica Avenue and Apman Drive in Inarajan.
While the island is equipped quite well for taking care of its residents and visitors in cases of emergencies and health problems, you are still advised to check with a doctor 4-6 weeks before traveling to Guam for routine vaccinations of preventable diseases that could occur in the island. Such illnesses include influenza, chickenpox, measles and tetanus. Americans do not normally take shots for measles as children since it is not common in the United States, which is why American travelers are advised to take a vaccine since this ailment is common in many tropical island destinations such as Guam.
Taking these vaccines should not discourage you from traveling. These are merely precautions to make sure any kinds of sickness won’t spoil your dream vacation. Some doctors may also recommend other vaccines for other diseases such as Hepatitis, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid Fever.
Typically, though, not many American travelers bother going to the doctor before vacationing in a well-known island destination. In such cases, there are three simple steps you can take to ensure good health while vacationing in Guam.
One, pack helpful medicines for minor emergencies such diarrhea, headache, muscle pains, and skin irritations. You know quite well that water and bugs aren’t very friendly in most tropical islands. Also, you should not forget your prescribed medicines, enough to last during your vacation.
Two, besides medicines, there are other simple but very helpful items that should make it inside your luggage, such as hand sanitizers, anti-bacterial hand wipes, alcohol-based hand wash, insect repellant, sun-block lotion, sunglasses, and hats. The last two items are more for protection than fashion.
Three, be mindful of your health while in Guam. Don’t forget to always carry a bottle of safe drinking water as you go around checking out the many tourist attractions. The scorching tropical sun could easily dehydrate a western tourist who is not used to living in warm weather and much humidity. Besides rehydration, another obvious reason for carrying bottled water around is that tap water is not safe for drinking. Although there are plenty of department stores and drugstores in the island that sell safe water, it is more convenient to always have one in hand.
Also, maintain good health in Guam by avoiding the following: eating unfamiliar foods, walking barefoot, too much liquor, having sex with strangers, and injuries when engaging in several water sports.