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Vaccinations for Panama

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Vaccinations for Panama

It is recommended that you visit your doctor 4-6 weeks before the planned trip to allow time for shots to take effect. Some vaccines are given over several weeks and others take weeks to become effective in your body.

Yellow Fever

This is recommended for travelers who intend to go outside urban areas. Panama recommends it particularly for travelers who are destined for the Darien province.

As from 1st October 2008 everyone coming from a country with Yellow Fever (like Colombia) will have to show proof of inocculation which must have taken place at least 10 days prior to entering the country. These vaccinations are free at Colombian airports.


Malaria exists in rural areas in the eastern provinces of Panama (Darien and San Blas) northwestern provinces (Boca del Toro) and Veraguas) Lake Boyana area and Lake Gatun. No Risk in canal zone or in Panama City and vicinity. Prophylaxis is recommended


Cholera is reported in areas of the country so a good idea to get vaccinated if you are travelling to rural areas.

Hepatitis A

This is also recommended. Transmission of hepatitis A virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in contaminated water; or from fruits, vegetables, or other foods that are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or subsequent handling.

Hepatitis B

This is recommended for travelers who may have intimate contact with local residents, especially if visiting for more than 6 months.

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If you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas, such as might occur during camping, hiking, or bicycling, or engaging in certain occupational activities, a rabies vaccination is recommended.


Typhoid fever can be contracted through contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected. Large outbreaks are most often related to fecal contamination of water supplies or foods sold by street vendors.


As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria. For more on Health Care in Panama click here

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