Vaccines advised to ALL Bolivia visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Bolivia visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

There is a risk of Malaria in Bolivia. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Destination Information for Bolivia

The small yet varied country of Bolivia, in central South America, has a varied landscape which includes the rainforest of the Amazon Basin, the Atacama Desert and the majestic Andes Mountains. The administrative capital, La Paz, is on the Altiplano plateau in the Andes, close to Mount Illimani and South America’s largest lake, Lake Titicaca. This landlocked country is a good option for travellers who want to see the wonders of South America without covering a vast distance geographically.

Bolivia’s cities were founded by the Spanish and are as diverse as the country itself. La Paz is an intoxicating mix of traditional and modern culture, with contemporary restaurants and bars lining the winding backstreets. Sucre is the constitutional capital is more of a monument to the past, with steep cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings. Santa Cruz is the most affluent city in Bolivia, famous for its vibrant and colourful carnival.

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For travellers looking for an adventure, an unspoilt and uncommercialised land to explore, Bolivia presents the perfect opportunity. With remote national parks, hidden villages and towns in the mountains and valleys and stunning mountainous landscapes, this is natural wonderland. The people are friendly and travel around the country is straightforward, and while options for tourists are present, Bolivia is not so popular that the culture and identity of the country is diluted by tourism.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British Embassy, La Paz
Avenida Arce No. 2732
La Paz
Bolivia

Email: ukinbolivia@gmail.com

Switchboard: (591 2) 2433424

Vaccine Information for Bolivia

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Typhoid
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • Typhim Vi, single dose injection
  • Vivotif, 3 capsules
  • Viatim, single dose injection of Hepatitis A & Typhoid combined
Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Yellow Fever
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

Travellers to areas at risk may require a single dose injection of Stamaril. Nearly all affected countries require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination in the form of an International Certificate of Vaccination before they allow a traveller to enter. Failure to provide a valid certificate can lead to a traveller being quarantined, immunised or denied entry.

Course
1 dose
Price
£70.00
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Rabies
Source: Animal to person
Vaccination Details

A course of three injections of the vaccine (Rabies BP or Rabipur) will cover against Rabies and is recommended. In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Course
Price
Disease: Malaria
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

There are a range of different anti-malarial tablets that will be prescribed to travellers based on several factors, including: destination, medical history, family history, current medications, previous problems with anti-malarial tablets, age and pregnancy.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Disease: Dengue Fever
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50%+ Deet insect repellent
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).
Disease: Leishmaniasis
Source: Sandfly
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Leptospirosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid swallowing flood waters or water from lakes, rivers, and swamps. Avoid wading in flooded areas, especially if you have any cuts or abrasions
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +
Disease: Trypanosomiasis
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent

Additional Health Risks Information for Bolivia

The Zika Virus is a risk in Bolivia. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should not visit the country, and other travellers should take suitable steps to prevent mosquito bites and other exposure during and after the trip.

Public hospitals in Bolivia tend to be crowded, and are not of the same standard as UK hospitals. As a visitor to the country you will not be entitled to free medical treatment, so you should ensure your travel insurance will cover you for all necessary treatment, including repatriation in the event of an emergency. As well as making sure you have all the recommended vaccinations and treatment for preventable diseases, you should also be aware of sanitation and hygiene, especially around food and drink, to minimise your risk of developing a sickness bug or food poisoning.

Some areas of Boliva are at high altitude, including the capital, La Paz. Know the signs of altitude sickness, which include headaches and vomiting, heart palpitations and disorientation. If you are trekking, stay with an experienced guide at all times, carry a means of summoning help with you, and seek urgent medical assistance if you suspect you or a member of your party may be suffering from altitude sickness.

Most incidences of theft or crime in Boliva are opportunistic, and violence against tourists is rare. Keep your luggage with you while you’re travelling, and try not to arrive in a busy destination after dark. Use common sense when it comes to your personal safety, and you shouldn’t encounter any problems.

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