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Health & Hazards - Panama

Many diseases including Dengue Fever, Leptospirosis, Brucelloosis and Chagas Disease are water borne, food borne or insect borne diseases which occur in Panama and cannot be vaccinated against. The best cure is preven

Panama's Diabolical Diablos

Diablos Rojos are the colourful former school buses that are seen everywhere in Panama, they are the principle form of local transport, costing a measly 25c for a one way fare.Travel on these local buses is not recommen

Crime & Drugs - Panama

Panama will never make into the list for the world’s top 10 safe places to visit, not sure it would make the top 25.Crime levels are high and not petty theft - violent crime like armed robberies (which have been known

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Recommended vaccinations for Panama

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.

    Yellow fever

    Yellow fever is a virus infection, which cause a serious hepatitis. The vaccine provides protection for 10 years after a single injection. Countries where yellow fever is present are entitled to request a valid certificate documenting a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before entry. The certificate is a stamp in the WHO yellow book.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

    Malaria in Panama

    Protection against mosquito bites is sufficient in the rest of Panama.

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