Nicaragua Travel Health Advice
Visitors from a yellow fever infected area in the Americas or Africa are required to prove they have been vaccinated before entry. Malaria is a threat in many regions of Nicaragua, and travellers are advised to seek medical advice and take some form of prophylaxis. Insect repellent and mosquito nets should also be used to avoid malaria and dengue fever, both of which are carried by mosquitoes. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid, and those who will be coming into contact with animals, especially bats, should consider a rabies vaccination.
Modern medical facilities in Nicaragua are only found in major towns and cities, the best of which are in Managua. Rural communities lack modern hospitals and equipment, and medications are in short supply. If a hospital is needed in Nicaragua, travellers should indicate that they desire a private hospital. Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, and travellers should take along any medication they require, in its original packaging and accompanied by a signed and dated letter from a doctor detailing what it is and why it is needed. The most common health affliction for tourists is traveller's diarrhoea, which is preventable by safe water and food consumption. Travellers should not drink tap water, and should use common sense when eating uncooked foods.
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