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 web site for up to date advice. The NaTHNaC page for Honduras can be found here. The NHS also offers advice on their fit for travel website (found here for Honduras) 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 – Unless you are doing a dissertation, you will not be handling any small mammals or bats and as a result will not be particularly exposed to rabies, although the general advice for Honduras and most countries in central America is to have the rabies course of injections as a precaution. Those volunteers doing bat or small mammal dissertations or those who wish to spend most of their time as general volunteers with the small mammal or bat teams, in order to learn how to process the captured animals will need to have the full course of 3 rabies injections prior to joining the expedition.
Malaria is present in certain areas Honduras and is generally seen as a variable risk so some healthcare professionals will recommended you take prophylactics. Current NHS and NaTHNaC guidelines state that is Chloroquine is recommended. However, advice changes from time to time so again, always check with your doctor for current advice. Most malarial prophylactics require you start taking them before travel. No drug offers complete protection from contracting malaria. The only sure way of preventing diseases transmitted through insect bites (particularly mosquitoes and ticks) is to prevent being bitten. Use precautions including insect repellent; cover exposed skin, use of mosquito nets etc. Please bear in mind that if you are taking the prophylaxis Larium, you are not allowed to dive.
Yellow Fever Certificate
While there is no Yellow Fever present in Honduras currently, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required to enter the country for those travelling from countries with a risk of of yellow fever transmission. The current NaTHNaC list can be found here. The US, UK and Canada are not classed as having a risk of yellow fever transmission.
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.