Should I get any vaccinations - inoculations - immunizations - take medicines?
To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent malaria, ONLY if you need it (rural areas - not urban - of the provinces of Bocas Del Toro, Darién, Veraguas, San Blas and San Blas Islands).
Even if you have less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines, anti-malaria drugs and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.
There are some routine vaccinations that most travelers should have already received: measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.
And then there are other medicines and vaccinations that DEPEND on which part of Panama you will be visiting, such as Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies, Malaria, Dengue, etc.
For the most up to date information please consult a Travel Medical specialist in your home country and READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM YOUR OWN COUNTRY'S HEALTH AUTHORITIES:
- U.S.A. Travelers: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- United Kingdom: NHS Fit for Travel Website
- Australia: Smart Traveller Website
- Canada: Public Health Agency of Canada
- Other parts of the world: Links to National Travel and Health Websites or the World Health Organization Map