Travel Health Advice
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 11, 2013 2:20 AM Last Post By: Nicasio
Mar 21, 2013 2:50 PM
Travel Health AdviceHi everyone,
I am a 25yr female and I'm going travelling to south america from the end of August 2013 to end of Janruary 2014. I'm unsure on which destinations I am going to in South America, but I want to see as much as possible.
But I would mainly like to know, what basic travel vaccination I may need?
Any help would be brill! Thanks
Mar 21, 2013 3:42 PM
1Basically you need nothing, like you were travelling in Europe.
However, sometimes there's a dengue outbreak (no vaccination available) and some remote areas may be prone to malaria, which is quite rare.
In mosquio infested areas, in countryside or jungle, use long sleeved shirts and long trousers plus high DEET mosquito repellent.
Others may recommend vaccination against yellow fever for area between Bolivia and Brazil.
Mar 22, 2013 7:50 AM
Mar 26, 2013 7:04 AM
3Look at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm for advice on your planned destinations.
Given that you are not planning anything fixed your best bet is to look at anywhere you might go and decide what you need based on the widest range of possibilities.
The time to decide whether you need immunisation is before you catch something; although the risks may be low, prevention is better than consequence.
You will need a Yellow Fever immunisation certificate for arrival in most countries after having been in an area with risk of Yellow Fever transmission (i.e. much of Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela, and Colombia; the "Guianas", and parts of Ecuador, Bolivia, and Argentina. This is not a question of whether you are likely to be infected, it is a question of whether the country you are entering is worried about the risk.
Mar 28, 2013 6:51 AM
Mar 28, 2013 7:29 AM
5I think a lot depends on what you want to do. Plans might be open much but depends on the sort of thing you seek out. If you love clubs, cities and bars you would probably face different health issues to spending as much time as possible wild camping in the rain forests.
I am more wildlife oriented and so would include rabies in my own list (though I am already rabies vaccinated for other work I do), plus other stuff others have mentioned. Something I consider is the freedom to do stuff spontaneously. Were I to decide to do something spontaneously that really needed rabies vaccine then the "typical" vaccination course takes several weeks so spontaneity not possible (plus I believe the nerve cell tissue vaccine is still often used in S. America).
I would not recommend you have rabies or anything. Just using rabies as an example pointing out the need to think about the sort of things you want to do and then seek medical advice based on that.
Apr 11, 2013 2:20 AM
6I'm retired, permanent resident living in the Philippines 5/years. I've seen family members, not of our household, personal friends, and neighbors contract dengue fever. Informed individuals do not get DF. WHO & CDC will not tell you this but some of what I share, has recently been scientifically endorsed by research instutions.
Camote (sweet potato) tea, boiling the leaves for 5/minutes and drink, you won't get a better health drink wherever there are mosquitoes. Papaya leaf extract is now a scientifically endorsed cure by several reasearch institutions. I dry papaya leaves, crush them, and alternate drinking it in the mornings with the camote tea.
Google search 'doctor sanath hettige 2013'. In 2011 he published his finding in the British Medical Journal. Prior to that, 2008, he first published in a doctor's professional journal in regards to papaya leaf extract. My wife's teen son, livining in Leyte with an aunt, contracted DF. The doctor agreed to let him drink camote tea, in three days he was ready for discharge. They kept him two additional days until we could wire transfer payment if full for the hospital bill. This is just a personal accout hoping to do some good.
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