hoping to go to Panama in November from Canada. Do we need to get the yellow fever vaccine? how soon before we leave is it needed? thanks for any info.
Yellow fever is not a requirement to enter Panama from Canada so don't worry about it - you should have the usual shots up-to-date and it's now recommended for all travelers to have Hep A and Hep B shots so check out the timing required for those as both require multiple shots.
We just spent 2 weeks in Panama, including several days in the jungle. We didn't get Yellow Fever shots. Just use plenty of repellant. Deet 30% or more is recommended. There WILL be plenty of mosquitos away from the city.
Let me know if you had any problems with the Panamanian authorities entering without the yellow fever shot. I will be going in Feb and am confused as the travel website in Canada stipulates that visitors to Panama require the yellow fever shot.
There was a couple of weeks when they thought about making it mandatory again but that was soon rescinded - there hasn't been a case of yellow fever in Panama in over 50 years.
The Canadian website needs to be updated.
My wife flew back to Canada in January and then again with our son in March - no yellow fever shots needed.
My mother was notified by COPA airlines, that she will not be allowed to embark (she is leaving from Rio, Brazil) unless she has proof of vaccination against yellow fever. Her final destination is Orlando, Florida with stop over in Panama City for airplane change. Is this true? If not, what can I obtain to show the airline authorities. Thank you. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would at least read some official health organization requirements and recommendations on-line, and talk to your primary care physician or local travel clinic. Official recommendations are to get vaccinated.
While it's nice to hear that others managed to avoid yellow fever without getting vaccinated, parts of Panama are endemic areas and all it takes is getting bitten by that one infected mosquito. There is no effective treatment once you get it, and the results can be devastating, and include death. I wouldn't just take my chances. Some official recs are on these websites, the cdc one is specifically for travelers from the US but I'm sure Canada has an equivalent:
Notice that in additional to Yellow Fever, hepatitis A and malaria are also worth preventing.
Sounds like a doctor speaking....or a travel clinic - they are iin the business to make money.
Please realize side effects from Yellow Fever can be quite devastating. Wear bug repellent and go!
Brazil is a Yellow Fever endemic country that requires all tourists entering to have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. Anyone leaving from Brazil also has to show a vaccination certificate when arriving at pretty much anywhere not just Panama - I am sure the US authorities will want to see it as well.
She needs to go to a public health clinic or a travel health clinic or her own doctor to get the shot - they will give her a certificate showing the date etc of the vaccination which she will need to carry with her for passing through immigration both in Panama and the US.
She should be able to get the shot and the card very quickly as it's not like Hepatitis where you have to wait between shots.
I should correct something you wrote above: tourists entering Brazil from the U.S. are not required to have a YF vax; they DO, however, have to show proof if they've been in an endemic country (like Ecuador) prior to arriving in Brazil. My sister and I traveled there last year--I had to have the certificate, and she did not as she traveled directly there from the U.S. She did not have to show proof upon re-entering the U.S.
LN, doctors are not "in the business" to make money. I didn't get a sense at all that that poster is a doctor, but a well-informed traveler. The side effects of YF are "devastating" if you're one of the 1 in 8 million who experience them. You are more likely to contract YF from an infected mosquito than have an allergic reaction to the vaccine.
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