Vaccines advised to ALL Costa Rica visitors

Vaccination
Course
Per Dose

Vaccines advised to SOME Costa Rica 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 Costa Rica. 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 Costa Rica

The Central American country of Costa Rica has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Costa Rica is known for its stunning natural highlights, including volcanoes, beaches and protected jungle areas, forming a diverse and fascinating landscape.

Many visitors are drawn by the prospect of seeing rare and beautiful wildlife; including the colourful quetzal bird and irresistible spider monkey. Almost a quarter of the country’s land area is national park or part of a protected area, home to an astonishing array of flora and fauna, making Costa Rica a popular destination for ecotourism; an estimated 46% of visitors to the country engage in related activities, including bird watching, trekking and visiting rural communities.

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The most popular part of the country for tourists is the Central Pacific region, with its long coastline with the Pacific Ocean. There are many beaches and resorts here, and relatively easy access to the Southern Pacific region, home to beautiful tropical beaches and lush rainforests.

The capital, San Jose, has plenty going on with a variety of museums and cafes, but the real attraction is the great outdoors. Costa Rica really is a fabulous destination for travellers who want to see stunning wildlife, stay active with a range of sporting activities, and have an action-packed adventure in a beautiful part of the world.

Chikungunya in the Carribean/Americas

The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing; WHO/PAHO has published further epidemiological data on countries reporting autochthonous transmission.

Central America:

  • Belize, 3 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
  • Costa Rica, 250 confirmed.
  • El Salvador, 145,403 suspected cases, 157 confirmed.
  • Guatemala, 31,463 suspected cases, 415 confirmed.
  • Honduras, 22,883 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
  • Nicaragua, 19,554 suspected cases, 4153 confirmed.
  • Panama, 22 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a variable risk of P.Vivax malaria in Limon province, in and around Matina. There is a low to no risk in other areas where anti-malarial medication is not advised.

Malaria chemoprophylaxis for variable risk zones:

Chloroquine. Proguanil can also be used is Chloroquine is not deemed suitable

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

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

British Embassy

British Embassy
Edificio Centro Colón,
Paseo Colón and Streets 38 and 40
Apartado 815 - 1007
San Jose
Costa Rica

Email: ukin.costarica@fco.gov.uk
Consular enquiries: consular.costarica@fco.gov.uk
Telephone: (506) 2258-2025

Vaccine Information for Costa Rica

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: 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
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00
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
£50.00
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
£50.00
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
£50.00
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

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