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Vaccinations

by ahmeda2k3 Online Now Mar 20, 2011 at 6:32 AM

Hey, evryone.. Im travelling to colombian, bogota from england in april 2011 and was wondering if i needed a yellow fever injection.. Iv just recently had my boosters shots, but the yellow fever jab costs £60. I will b stayin in the bogota area ONLY.. Please advise

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    Re: Vaccinations

    by leics Online Now Mar 20, 2011 at 6:51 AM

    You should check the NHS fitfortravel website:

    fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinat...

    fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/d... (with risk area map)

    and discuss this with your GP or practice nurse.

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    by nhoolb Online Now Mar 20, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    No vaccinations are necessary as long as you stay in the larger cities such as Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Cartagena and as long as you don't go to the Llanos Orientales or (Amazonian) jungle, among others.

    For those destinations a yellow fever vaccination will be necesary and if you travel by airplane you will not be allowed to check-in without it. In Bogotá El Dorado airport you can get it when needed.

    For as far as it's worth, I travel to Colombia (and Perú) once to twice a year for some 15 years now and never had to get vaccinations but I don't go/never went to those areas (yet).

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    Re: Vaccinations

    by ahmeda2k3 Online Now Mar 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    "For those destinations a yellow fever vaccination will be necesary and if you travel by airplane you will not be allowed to check-in without it. In Bogotá El Dorado airport you can get it when needed."

    Sir, if you can kindly explain this abit better for me please.. will i need the yellow fever shot? and another question if you dont mind.. will i be allowed in bogota WITHOUT a yellow fever certificate, even though im stayin ONLY in Bogota? oh and should i buy anti malaria tablets? these are again expensive..thank you

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    Re: Vaccinations

    by leics Online Now Mar 20, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Please look at the link I provided: you will find a malaria map of Colombia there, as well as advice about what prophylactics you may need, and what precautions you should take.

    Trying to cut costs on healthcare or make decisions without a proper discussion with someone who is medically qualified are not really good ideas. Malaria is a killer, as is yellow fever.

    I cannot advise you about what the risks are in Bogota; I will leave others to do that (although I would note that as a UK citizen you are very unlikely to have the same resistance as locals to malaria).

    But I do strongly advise you to talk about your trip with your GP/practice nurse.

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    Re: Vaccinations

    by nhoolb Online Now Mar 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    There is no malaria in Bogotá, at over 2800 meters altitude.
    No yellow fever vaccination is required to enter Bogotá; there is no yellow fever there.

    Anyway, expensive or not, if required one should not economise on that.

    If in doubt, check the link that has been given to you and/or check a specialised travel clinic.

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    Re: Vaccinations

    by nhoolb Online Now Mar 21, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    From the TIM (the IATA Travel Information Manual):

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    Colombia (CO)

    No vaccinations are required to enter Colombia from any country.

    Recommended:
    - - Vaccination against Yellow Fever for all passengers visiting middle valley of the Magdalena river, eastern and western foothills of the Cordillera Oriental from the frontier with Ecuador to that with Venezuela, Uraba, foothills of the Sierra Nevada, eastern plains (Orinoquia) and Amazonia;
    - Malaria prophylaxis. Malaria risk - P. vivax (58%), P. falciparum (42%) - is high throughout the year in rural/jungle areas below 800 m. Transmission occurs in municipalities of the regions Uraba-Bajo Cauca, Orinoquia, Pacifico and Amazonia. Transmission intensity varies from department to department, with the highest risk in Amazonas, Choco, Cordoba, Guainia, Guaviare, Putumayo and Vichada.
    Chloroquine-resistant P.falciparum exists in Uraba-Bajo Cauca, Pacifico and Amazonia. Resistance to sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine reported.
    Recommended prevention in risk areas: III.; in Uraba-Bajo Causa, Pacifico and Amazonia, IV.

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