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Vaccinations / Medication

Postby mpacione » Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:32 pm

Hey guys,

Im going to embark on the Volcano Trail trip very soon (JGS, Aug 5th - 21st) and I mightve been last minute (a month before)... and im curious if there are any Vaccinations / Medications that are MANDATORY for these central american countries :
- Guatemala
- Honduras
- Nicaragua
- Costa Rica

Ive done a bit of research, and I know Malaria is prevalent there, but there is also a medication you can easily take... instead of the vaccines.
Also Hep A and B etc...

Does anyone have any experience on these subjects, or can provide any information? Its going to cost me some money just to speak with a travel health consultant, and they are probably gunna push the vaccines on me... which I dont necessarily believe they work in the first place.

Wondering if anything was mandatory, and/or recommended.

I'll also be carrying some water purification pills... just in case.

Mike
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Re: Vaccinations / Medication

Postby sinecure » Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:31 pm

Very few vaccines are Mandatory for entry into most countries. Yellow fever can be one of the mandatory ones. Some can also be claimed under public health plans, as you can catch tetanus at home just as easily as abroad.

While I understand your objection to having a travel doctor push every vaccine under the sun, I would recommend that you make your budget and objective clear and find a travel health professional that will work with you.

I am quite happy with our travel health doctor and explains the pros and con of each vaccine and treatment. On more than one occasion he has recommended not getting certain vaccines or drugs.

Find a travel health specialist that you can trust and work with.
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Re: Vaccinations / Medication

Postby Reditor » Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:10 pm

Have a great trip Mike.
To help you with the rest of your research, check out http://www.gapadventures.com/travel-resources/health/

Aside from possible dengue fever, a low risk of malaria, red tide and potential hurricanes I think you're good to go! (What I'm saying is anything can happen anywhere....be prepared). Central America has pretty easy border crossings and simple requirements though. In terms if Visas and entry requirements....that also depends on your nationality.

In the least, visit a travel clinic and get yourself a wonderful prescription for Cipro and see if they have any current risks in areas you're visiting.

Travelling safe is not something to be taken lightly. Be sure to read our Safe Travels document as well:
http://media.gapadventures.com/media-se ... e-Trip.pdf

Happy travels and good luck with the rest of your research!
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Re: Vaccinations / Medication

Postby lauraparkes102 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:40 pm

depending if you are coming from a country where there is yellow fever you need that, but if coming from USA for eg no need. you do need typhoid, and malaria tablets - chloroquine for the area. i am doing the volcano trail as well, but leave on 28 july! enjoy!
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Re: Vaccinations / Medication

Postby counterfugue » Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:45 am

I know this is too late for the OP, but most people on the tour went with malaria pills, and some had Hep A and B shots.

From what I was seeing locally, Dengue seems pretty prevalent, too, so next time, I'll get that shot, also.

Otherwise, repellent is your best friend. I tried not to use DEET whenever possible (that stuff is wicked toxic!) and instead used Repel brand Lemon and Eukalyptus oil repellant. Worked pretty well. Didn't smell offensive.
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