Vaccines advised to ALL Panama visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Panama 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 Panama. 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 Panama

Panama is a long, thin country forming the link between Central and South America. It is famous for the Panama Canal, which cuts through the middle of the country to link the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and create one of the most important shipping routes in the world. It is straightforward to travel around Panama, and the size and shape of the country make it an attractive destination for travellers who want to experience all aspects of this diverse landscape in a short amount of time. See cities and coastlines, rainforests and mountains, and learn about the history and native culture of Panama.

Known as the Crossroads of America, Panama is growing in reputation as a tourist destination. There’s lots to see and do here, and the country has embraced modern technology and tourism while still retaining its natural beauty and cultural traditions through the indigenous tribes who still thrive in remote areas.

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The capital is Panama City, with three distinct districts: the new city, the old city and the ruins of the original colonial city. Adventure sports enthusiasts should head to Boquete, where there are a range of adrenaline-pumping activities on offer, as well as Volcan Baru, the highest point in Panama, and important coffee-growing areas.

This vibrant, fascinating country will make an unforgettable destination for visitors keen to experience everything Central America has to offer, from cities to wildlife, natural beauty to incredible developments in engineering.

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 high risk of P.Falciparum malaria in Darien province and the San Blas Islands. There is a variable risk of P.Vivax malaria in Bocas del Toro, Colon, David, Boquete and a large portion of the country. There is a low to no risk of malaria in Panama canal zone and the city, in Pedasi and Santiago.

Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:

Doxycycline OR Atovaquone/Proguanil OR Mefloquine

If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

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

British Embassy

British Embassy Panama City
MMG Tower, 4th Floor
Calle 53, Marbella
(PO Box 0816-07946)
Panama City
Panama

Switchboard: (507) 297 6550

Vaccine Information for Panama

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
£60.00
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
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
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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