Vaccinations for travel to CR

Old Mar 18th, 2010, 05:24 PM
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Vaccinations for travel to CR

I'm looking for opinions on vaccinations for travel to CR. The CDC recommends Hep A and B, Typhoid vacs and possibly anti-Malaria drigs.

What do you all think?
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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 06:11 PM
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I think all travelers (and non travelers!) should have updated routine vaccines (most US adults lack boosters) and Hep A. I usually follow the CDC advice but it's a matter of personal risk tolerance. You probably have this link but I'll post it in case others don't:
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/costarica.aspx

Have a great trip!
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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 06:16 PM
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Yep hopefulist...that is the one I looked at. I was at the Dr. today and got a Tetanus shot...it seems like I had one in the last 10 yrs, but the way time flies who knows?

I don't think it is a bad idea to go ahead with the Hep A and B, the Typhoid and Malaria were more or the questionable treatments.
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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 07:29 PM
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I've been several times to CR, never have had any vaccinations. It's a personal decision. I think typhoid and malaria are overkill, but just my opinion. Bring bug spray either way.
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Old Mar 19th, 2010, 05:49 AM
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www.mdtravelhealth.com CR correct CDC info

Hep A if you will be eating local food

Anti-malarials not indicated except for RURAL Limon province

Food water precautions...pretty much all you need
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Old Mar 19th, 2010, 06:11 AM
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I don't know enough about CR and your specific plans to advise - I reup my typhoid vaccine (set of pills) every 5 years and often choose malaria prophylaxis because we travel to a lot of jungly/rural risk places sometimes staying in cabins without screens (or even electricity) and rustic homestays. Good luck!
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Old Mar 19th, 2010, 09:30 AM
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We haven't had any special vaccinations. We do wear repellent though.
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Old Mar 19th, 2010, 09:49 AM
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We just returned from CR.....we had all had Hep A and B (B for work and school, A just precautionary). The travel nurse told us typhoid was optional unless we were very adventurous eaters and that malaria wasn't necessary based on where we were going, plus we were not going in the rainy season. I went with an educational tour group and ate mostly at restaurants, but if you're like hopeful and are visiting more primitive locations, get the typhoid.
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