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Old Friday 15th January 2010, 19:43   #1
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Costa Rica - Medical Advice

Hi

we are off to Costa Rica next month and are wondering if birders visiting have any advice regarding vaccinations/medications either mandatory or recommended.

Thanks in advance
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Old Friday 15th January 2010, 20:02   #2
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Hi

we are off to Costa Rica next month and are wondering if birders visiting have any advice regarding vaccinations/medications either mandatory or recommended.

Thanks in advance
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None are mandatory, except probably Yellow Fever if you happened to be travelling from a zone in which occurs, ie not including UK.

As for recommended, Costa Rica has got to be one of the safest destinations in the Tropics from all angles, health included. I would suppose all the usual would be advisable, but I took nothing, nor saw need. However, maybe a more responsible type with add detail to this.
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None are mandatory, except probably Yellow Fever if you happened to be travelling from a zone in which occurs, ie not including UK.

As for recommended, Costa Rica has got to be one of the safest destinations in the Tropics from all angles, health included. I would suppose all the usual would be advisable, but I took nothing, nor saw need. However, maybe a more responsible type with add detail to this.
I agree.

Malaria is generally isolated in the Southeast part of the country, and very rare even there. Dengue Fever is a bit more common, but there's no vaccine and nothing to do before one comes to CR.

For one of the better web sites on Costa Rica and its diseases, I'll recommend "The Real Costa Rica Web Site".
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This is the public UK website, based on Travax, the site that travel clinics (public and private) use for information. There is a map of the limited areas where malaria is a risk. Your GP surgery will normally have a travel clinic and should be able to advise you as to whether the 'usually or sometimes' advised vaccines are necessary'.
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My personal feeling is that anyone traveling at all (or even frequently eating outside your own kitchen) should have Hepatitis A (for example, there were plenty of examples of restaurants where Hepatitis A was a problem for a period of time during the years we lived in the US). Hepatitis B and C probably are less important, but why not get the best possible combined shot?

In addition, the shots you would be expected to have current where you live (such as Tetanus) should probably be checked for time since last booster.

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As a general guide boosting tetanus, polio & diptheria (if necessary; your GP should have a record of your last boosters) is a good idea.

Hepatitis A is always worthwhile for travellers though Hepatitis B is usually only recommended for extended stay. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.

Typhoid vaccination is cheap & readily available and whilst not a major issue in CR is still worthwhile -especially as there is a combination vaccine with Hep A.

Despite being extensive freshwater wetlands Tortuguero, Cano Negro & Palo Verde have no real malaria risk -but I can confirm they have lots of mozzies!!! (Check out the bare skin at the base of this poor Tortuguero Boat-bill).

Of all the latin American countries Costa Rica is the best place to become unwell in as health care is of a high standard.
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Many thanks for all of your advice.
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