Operation Wallacea are not able to give official advice on inoculations. Some people are not able to have certain jabs, so blanket generalisations cannot be made. You must consult your GP, travel clinic or doctor for personal advice.
It is also worth checking the NaTHNaC website for up to date advice. The NaTHNaC page for Cuba can be found here. The NHS also offers advice on their fit for travel website (found here for Cuba) although this maintains the assumption that you are up to date with inoculations as recommended for life in Britain. (link)
To allow sufficient time for all the necessary immunisations it is recommended that you consult your Doctor or travel clinic three months prior to departure.
We suggest that you are up-to-date with the following inoculations though:
- Hepatitis A
- Rabies – The general advice for Cuba is that the rabies vaccine is not necessary, you may however wish to get the vaccination as a precaution.
- Malaria – It is not necessary to take malarial prophylactics if you are travelling to Cuba. There are however a large number of mosquitoes and sandflies, so to prevent being bitten, use precautions including insect repellent; cover exposed skin, use of mosquito nets etc.
HIV/Aids and Hepatitis B are present in some form in each country that Operation Wallacea operates in, but there is absolutely no reason why this should present a problem for anybody on an Opwall expedition providing you always act responsibly and practice safe sex.
There is a Hepatitis B vaccine available, as with all other vaccines follow the advice given by your medical professional regarding receiving it.
The effectiveness of the contraceptive pill is compromised in the instance of sickness, diarrhea and whilst taking antibiotics so please bring alternative methods of contraception, even if you are travelling with your partner.