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Panama Travel Health Advice

Malaria is a concern in parts of Panama and travellers are advised to take malaria medication if visiting provinces east of the Panama Canal. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid and travellers should be up to date on vaccinations for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and tetanus-diphtheria. Yellow fever vaccinations are required for travellers arriving from infected areas and are recommended for visits to areas of mainland Panama east of the Canal Zone.

Travellers should avoid tap water in Panama unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected, and exercise caution with street food.

Medical facilities are good in Panama City but very limited outside of the capital. Comprehensive medical insurance is recommended and all required medication should be taken along, in its original packaging, accompanied by a signed and dated letter from a doctor detailing what it is and why it is needed.

View information on diseases:

Dengue Fever, Leptospirosis (including Weil disease), Malaria, Typhoid fever, Yellow fever

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