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1. Posted by JamesDB (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

I am preparing to leave on a trip next month, stopping in Southeast Asia and South America. I can't seem to find a list of what vaccinations are required.

Based on recommendations from the CDC, I was going to get a Yellow Fever, Hepatits A, and Typhoid vaccinations.

I will get the following booster shots, if necessary, Tetanus-diphtheria and Measles.

Can someone let me know (for certain), which of these are required in SE Asia and S. America (Chile, Argnetina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru)? Websites for the specific countries, along with US and UK wesites, only give recommendations.

I'm starting to get nervous about having enough time for these.

Thanks,
James

2. Posted by barge (Full Member 54 posts) 11y

If you are still trying to find answers to your questions, try this website. I found their service to be excellent, quick and very cheap - fill in a questionnaire online and they will tell you what vaccinations you need.

http://www.masta.org/healthbrief/index.asp

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

The only required shots for any of the South America countries that I came across was Yellow Fever.

The list of shots that you have should be good. I got a Hep-A-B "twinrix" which is a combo shot for both A and B. You might want to get Polio if you haven't had it since you were an adult as well.

4. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 11y

Most of the advice says for each country there's firstly the essentials eg Se Asia: Typhoid, tetanus, diptheria, Hep A and polio,
and then extra ones if you'll be more than a month/in remote areas/ healthcare worker etc- in my case these were Japanese B Encaphalitis, Rabies, Hepatitis B.

So you really have to get the first lot but the others depend a bit on your situation. And if you don't mind risking your life. I wasn't going to take any chances.

For example, not everyone recommends Hep B unless you're a health worker (its spread thru blood etc)but if the worst happens and you end up getting injured somewhere v remote you don't know how clean equipment will be etc so you could need it.

If you're going v. soon you may need an accelerated course because you're supposed to have them over a three month period. You therefore need to get your ass to a clinic asap. I'm having to rush mine and I'm going in January. Feel like a pin cushion!

Oh, and the cost! only found out how much yesterday and in total its gonna cost over £200 which is about us$370. I don't know if I could have got them cheaper elsewhere. Anyone in England know a cheaper way?

the website here in the UK I found really useful was this one- www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/