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Crime In El Salvador

Basking in the Central American sun, catching smiles from locals, and riding world famous surf breaks – it’s hard to believe that El Salvador has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. And although gang viol

El Salvador - Health

A suicide shower… many images spring to mind when you hear this - none of them pleasant. In fact, it’s the term given to a contraption that sits over the showerhead, which looks like MacGyver put together, in a clea

El Salvador - Natural disasters

Lying in the danger zone on the Pacific Coast, El Salvador is prone to earthquakes and hurricanes. Add a few active volcanoes to the mix, and you have a country poised for natural disaster.Mother nature can be unpredict

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Recommended vaccinations for El Salvador

  • 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.

    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

    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.

    Yellow fever - transit

    Certain countries without yellow fever require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you arrives (even in transit) from a country where yellow fever is present.   If you arrive from a country without yellow fever , there is no requirement for a yellow fever vaccination.

    Malaria in El Salvador

    Malaria in El Salvador is seen only as the benign P. vivax type and only in the Santa Ana province. Protection against mosquito bites is usually sufficient protection, but Chloroquine can be used. - By a journey to on recommend protection against the following infections: Recommended vaccinations Starting Diphtheria 1 day Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis) 1 week Tetanus 1 day Yellow fever - transit 10 days Malaria in El Salvador 7 days When to start vaccinations before leaving:: If you need more information,

    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.

    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

    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.

    Yellow fever - transit

    Certain countries without yellow fever require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you arrives (even in transit) from a country where yellow fever is present.   If you arrive from a country without yellow fever , there is no requirement for a yellow fever vaccination.

    Malaria in El Salvador

    Malaria in El Salvador is seen only as the benign P. vivax type and only in the Santa Ana province. Protection against mosquito bites is usually sufficient protection, but Chloroquine can be used. - By a journey to on recommend protection against the following infections: Recommended vaccinations Starting Diphtheria 1 day Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis) 1 week Tetanus 1 day Yellow fever - transit 10 days Malaria in El Salvador 7 days When to start vaccinations before leaving:: If you need more information, - By a journey to on recommend protection against the following infections: Recommended vaccinations Starting Diphtheria 1 day Tuberkulosis 6 weeks Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis) 1 week Hepatitis B 3 - 4 weeks Rabies 4 weeks Tetanus 1 day Typhoid 1 week Yellow fever - transit 10 days Malaria in El Salvador 7 days When to start vaccinations before leaving:: The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.

    Tuberkulosis

    The vaccine against tuberculosis, BCG, is recommended to people stationed in high-risk areas for more than 6 months, who have not been previously vaccinated. The vaccine contains live bacteria which produces a small wound, as well as scar after healing. The whole process takes 4 to 8 weeks.

    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 .

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B infects through blood, sexual activities and, in small children, through saliva. The vaccination consists of 2 vaccinations about 4 weeks apart and a third 6 months later. The protection is for at least 25 years perhaps life long.  The hepatitis B vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis A .

    Rabies

    The vaccination consists of 3 injections at day 0, 7 and 28 and must therefore start 4 weeks before departure. Vaccination protects for 5 years. If exposed to rabies, the "post-exposure" vaccinations are reduced from five to two if immunized before being bitten with 3 injections. 

    Tetanus

    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.

    Typhoid

    Typhoid is the most serious of the Salmonella infections. There are two types of vaccine:  1. Vaccine for injection,  one  vaccination protect up to 3 years.  2. A live vaccine in capsules, which is swallowed. Three capsules are taken 2 days apart and provide protection for a year.

    Typhoid

    Typhoid is the most serious of the Salmonella infections. There are two types of vaccine:  1. Vaccine for injection,  one  vaccination protect up to 3 years.  2. A live vaccine in capsules, which is swallowed. Three capsules are taken 2 days apart and provide protection for a year.

    Yellow fever - transit

    Certain countries without yellow fever require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you arrives (even in transit) from a country where yellow fever is present.   If you arrive from a country without yellow fever , there is no requirement for a yellow fever vaccination.

    Malaria in El Salvador

    Malaria in El Salvador is seen only as the benign P. vivax type and only in the Santa Ana province. Protection against mosquito bites is usually sufficient protection, but Chloroquine can be used.

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