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Vaccinations required for 3 tours in Latin America

Postby kerriii » Tue May 21, 2013 9:08 am

Hello,

I am booked onto the Best of Central America, Quito to La Paz and the La Paz to Beunos Aires adventures.

What vaccinations will I need for these please? I am particularly unsure as to whether I will require Malaria tablets and the Yellow fever jab.


Thanks a lot

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Re: Vaccinations required for 3 tours in Latin America

Postby Janice08 » Tue May 21, 2013 3:29 pm

Best to go to a travel medicine clinic (not just your family doctor) as they know best the risks in the different areas.
- Hepatitis A is recommended for travel in the developing world. If you don't already have it consider the combined Hepatitis A and B to give you a bit more protection. Hepatitis A is transmitted through and water and contaminated food. Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and other body fluids. The travel clinic may also recommend Typhoid - it's transmission is similar to Hep A.
- Malaria isn't a risk in any of the areas above about 4,000 feet (1,300 meters) elevation and along the coast of Peru. It is present in some jungle areas of Central America as well as in the Peruvian Jungle (not sure about Bolivia and Argentina). The risk varies as well as the advice. When I was in the Amazon, 1/2 the group had been advised to take Malaria pills and the rest had been told to just cover up and use insect repellant.
- Yellow Fever isn't an issue in Central America. If you are in the jungle in Peru you are supposed to have it and if someone decides to check and you don't have proof they'll give it to you and you pay. No one checked when we were there. The other problem might be when you return home. If someone notices that you have been in a yellow fever area and don't have the vaccination you might not get through immigration.
A travel clinic can also give you advice on what to do if you get sick. They may give you a prescription for Cipro (for severe traveller's diarrhea) or Diamox (to help acclimatize to the high elevation in Peru and Bolivia). When you go to the clinic bring a copy of the itineries so they know exactly where you will be going.

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Re: Vaccinations required for 3 tours in Latin America

Postby kcupp95 » Tue May 21, 2013 9:11 pm

I'm doing Lima to La Paz and will be getting the Yellow Fever vaccination as its a requirement of my home country to have proof of when I return home. Our travel clinics here also supply "gastropacks" with medications etc in case you gastro on your trip!

Our Australian Health and Medical Research Council recommend (Yellow fever is compulsory)
Typhoid
Hepatitis A
Malaria tablets (no vaccine)
Yellow Fever
Hepatitis B
Rabies
Tetanus
Diphtheria
Whooping cough
Measles
Mumps
Rubella
Varicella
Polio
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Re: Vaccinations required for 3 tours in Latin America

Postby TravelFun » Tue May 21, 2013 9:39 pm

Woahhh...that's a pretty long list kcupp95. Not all are compulsory so only have what is necessary.

As stated by Janice08, seek advice from a travel clinic and they will have the latest information per country and will recommend what you will need. Keep a note of all your vaccinations and maintain them with the recommended boosters over the years.


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Re: Vaccinations required for 3 tours in Latin America

Postby kcupp95 » Tue May 21, 2013 11:47 pm

TravelFun wrote:Woahhh...that's a pretty long list kcupp95. Not all are compulsory so only have what is necessary.


Most people here will already be covered for Hep B, Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella and Polio as they're our routine vaccinations during childhood/teens.

Which only leaves Hep A, Yellow Fever, Rabies and Typhoid as the recommended extra ones to get :)
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Re: Vaccinations required for 3 tours in Latin America

Postby Janice08 » Wed May 22, 2013 6:29 am

Rabies is one that I would research before I got. Most resources say that it is only necessary if you are going to be working with animals or spending a lot of time isolated from medical help. It doesn't prevent you from needing the shots post exposure, it only gives you more time to get to help. On the trips you will be on, you will always be within a few days of medical help, so unless you plan on befriending every stray animal you see, it probably is not worth the money or pain.

Besides going to a travel clinic, another good resource is the CDC website.
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Re: Vaccinations required for 3 tours in Latin America

Postby kerriii » Thu May 23, 2013 5:07 pm

Thank you for all the lengthy replies! They have been very helpful.

I have my Hep B injections booked, and pretty everything else I am up to date with from previous trips.

Just need to check what the UK regulations are on re-entering the country without Yellow fever and whether the travel doctor recommends Malaria tablets.

Will let you know the final advice I'm given :).

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Re: Vaccinations required for 3 tours in Latin America

Postby sinecure » Sat May 25, 2013 2:29 pm

Even though it's a long list, a few of them have been combined into a single shot like MMR. Vaccinations also aren't good for life, so we all will need booster shots at some point. If you are up to date and only need Hep C it sounds like you are in good shape.

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