Travel Vaccinations for Costa Rica

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Costa Rica

A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.

Hepatitis A
From £93
Rabies Vaccine - In Stock
From £75
Typhoid
From £60
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio
From £50
There is a risk of Malaria in Costa Rica. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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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.

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.

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

West Nile virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% (100ml)
£8
Deet 50% (50ml)
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Single)
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Double)
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent (100ml)
£7.75

Zika virus

Zika virus is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are most active during the day, especially during mid-morning, then late afternoon and dusk through to evening. For most people it's a very mild infection with minor or no symptoms, but is more of a risk to pregnant woman as it could result in certain birth defects.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% (100ml)
£8
Deet 50% (50ml)
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Single)
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Double)
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent (100ml)
£7.75

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% (100ml)
£8
Deet 50% (50ml)
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Single)
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Double)
£25

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% (100ml)
£8
Deet 50% (50ml)
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Single)
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Double)
£25

Leishmaniasis

A parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (the most common): Causes skin lesions, mainly ulcers on exposed parts of the body, causing scars and serious disability. 90% of cases are in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis (the most dangerous): Causes enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and irregular bouts of fever. Highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucotaneous (the least common): Causes partial or total destruction of the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat. Most cases are found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% (100ml)
£8
Deet 50% (50ml)
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Single)
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Double)
£25

Trypanosomiasis

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which is only found in rural Africa. Initial symptoms include severe headache, insomnia, enlarged lymph nodes, anaemia and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% (100ml)
£8
Deet 50% (50ml)
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Single)
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Double)
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent (100ml)
£7.75

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