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Costa Rica Vaccines

It is important to be aware of the required or recommended Costa Rica Vaccines before you travel to here. There’s some recommended Costa Rica Vaccines. They are advisable to get before you travel. There is also the yellow fever vaccination which is mandatory if you are going to Costa Rica from certain countries.

Some recommended vaccinations for Costa Rica travel by the Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are vaccines that inoculate or protect against contracting hepatitis A and B, typhoid, measles, rabies, mumps, rubella or MMR  and flu or influenza.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

In fact, if you are traveling to Costa Rica from South America and sub-Saharan Africa, you will require a Yellow Fever vaccination.

The countries considered at risk are:

Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, French  Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Venezuela.

If you are traveling to Costa Rica from any of these countries. You must visit with proof that you have received the yellow fever vaccination. Also, you cannot travel to Costa Rica until ten days after you receive the vaccination.

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  • Any individual traveling to Costa Rica that has been in transit through those countries through airports, sea ports or land border posts, will be exempt from the requirement of for a yellow fever vaccination.
  • People who have resided in countries considered at risk, but who have resided in a non-risk country for a minimum of six days without contracting yellow fever before entering Costa Rica.
  • Too, People with medically certified contra-indications for the vaccination against yellow fever who carry a valid medical opinion supported approved by the health authority in the country from where they are from.
  • Also, Children under nine months old.
  • People with medically certified severe allergy to eggs.
  • Persons with medically certified immunosuppression disease present or in their medical history.
  • People with medically certified disease of the thymus present or in their medical history.
  • There must be a medical assessment of the pros and cons of vaccination for individuals with the following conditions: over 60 years of age, pregnancy, lactation, family history of adverse events associated with vaccination against yellow fever, hypersensitivity to gelatin and asymptomatic HIV infection, with laboratory verification of adequate immune system function.

Please note Health information and warnings and concerns change all the time. This information is not finite or final and should in no way be considered health advice.  Is it always recommended that you check with your local health professional. Especially before traveling to a foreign destination to get the current recommendations for you and your party.

For up-to-date Public Health warnings, notifications and information, please consult the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  or the World Health Organization.

Also, check out our medical tourism and dental tourism articles. 

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