Vaccinations

Old Oct 6th, 2012, 08:31 AM
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Vaccinations

Hi, we are visiting Argentina in November. We will be in BA, Salta and Iguazu. We are only in Iguazu for 2 nights, but our doctor is recommending a yellow fever vaccine. When I look at the CDC map, it seems the area of concern is really on the other side of the falls (we are staying on the Argentina side). Any thoughts? The idea of a vaccination seems rather extreme for this short amount of time. Also, I believe we will be there during the drier season. Thanks
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Old Oct 9th, 2012, 01:56 AM
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I am not a medical expert but have had just about every vaccination known to manly due mainly to living in Sierra Leone for a while and the fact that I contracted Malaria in Vietnam many years ago.. If the doctor say get the jab I would go for it. It lasts for 10 years and some countries will not allow entry if you are coming from a YF region with out the certificate (mine is permanently stapled in my passport. It is true that cases amongst travellers are rare but it only takes one bite, it is often fatal and Mosquitos are no respecters of political borders.
All the cases reported in the UK were travellers who had not been vaccinated. If you are over age 60' I believe there are special considerations but your doc will be aware of these.
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Old Oct 9th, 2012, 08:21 PM
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I'm headed for the falls (both sides) next month, and based on the CDC advice I got the YF vaccination. I'm over 60, but my doctor faxed permission to the travel clinic. It's good for 10 years, and I expect to need it for Bolivia next year, so I was just as glad to get it out of the way. Plus I'm a mosquito magnet, other people don't need insect repellent if I'm around.

I hadn't noticed that only the Brazilian side was at issue - somehow I doubt the mosquitoes respect the border.
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Old Oct 10th, 2012, 03:24 AM
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Thanks to you both. Looks like we are headed to the travel clinic!
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Old Oct 10th, 2012, 04:32 AM
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Given that there is no cure for YF, I think you are making a good decision. I agree with Crellston and Thursdaysd - although individual considerations are always important to discuss with your own or a travel Doc.
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