Vaccines advised to ALL Ecuador visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Ecuador 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 Ecuador. 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 Ecuador

Ecuador straddles the equator on the West coast of South America, bordered by Colombia and Peru. It is known to be the most biodiverse country in the world, home to a huge number of species of hummingbirds and orchids, as well as a plethora of other incredible and rare wildlife. The landscape of Ecuador encompasses the highlands of the Andes, areas of Amazonian rainforest and the famously popular Galapagos Islands. The country includes the world’s highest active volcano, Cotopaxi, in the centre of the country.

Ecuador is divided into three quite distinct regions: Costa, Sierra and Oriente. Costa is the coast: hot, dry and filled with sandy beaches. Sierra is the centre of Ecuador: a mountainous region with a number of old colonial towns and local markets, perfect for travellers to use as a base. The lowlands of Oriente are the best place for wildlife watching. For visitors who want to explore the rainforest and jungle in Ecuador, the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is a good choice of destination.

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The capital is Quito, the world’s second highest capital and a well-preserved Spanish colonial centre, with a number of religious and historically significant sites, as well as excellent nightlife, cuisine and other tourist attractions.

If you’re looking for an action-packed destination that will enable you to explore the wonders of South America in a relatively short trip, Ecuador is a great choice. There’s plenty to see and do in a country which is dwarfed by its neighbours, yet still manages to encompass everything you could want from an Amazonian adventure.

Interview with Dave Curtis: Climbing Cotopaxi in Ecuador

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

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

British Embassy

British Embassy
Citiplaza Building,
Naciones Unidas Avenue and República de El Salvador,
14th Floor
(Consular Section 12th floor)
PO Box 17-17-830
Quito
Ecuador

Switchboard: (593) (2) 2970 800 / 801

Useful Vaccinations for Ecuador

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: 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: 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: 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 Ecuador

Ecuador is situated in an area which places it at risk of seismic activity, including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Travellers should be aware of any evacuation procedures in the area you are visiting. In the event of a volcanic eruption, the resulting dust, ash and fumes can be extremely harmful, so stay inside at all times with the doors and windows closed.

Tourists are advised against travel to some areas of Ecuador due to political unrest and demonstrations, although the protests are reported to be generally peaceful. You should also avoid areas immediately bordering with Columbia. As with any country, be vigilant about your own personal safety, especially in busy areas, and be aware of the risks tourists face from theft, pickpockets and scams.

Medical facilities in Ecuador may not be available, or may not be of a good standard, outside of major cities. Make sure you have a way to communicate your location and summon help by calling 991 in the event of an emergency, and ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place to cover repatriation for treatment if necessary. If you’re exploring in the rainforest or other rural areas, make sure your kit and clothing is suitable for the conditions, and carry a well-stocked medical kit with you at all times. You should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, as many non-vaccinated diseases, including the Zika Virus, are spread in this way.

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