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 Romania can be found here. The NHS also offers advice on their fit for travel website (found here for Romania) although this maintains the assumption that you are up to date with inoculations as recommended for life in Britain (see vaccination schedule).
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:
Rabies: The general advice for Transylvania is that the rabies vaccine is necessary if you are interested in taking part in the bat surveys, you may also wish to get the vaccination as a precaution. It is highly unlikely volunteers will come into close enough contact with animals to get bitten, but there may be domestic animals in certain areas.
TBE. For the region that we are working in, we recommend volunteers consider a TBE (Tick-bourne Encephalytis ) vaccination. Very few people were bitten by ticks during 2014, but they are present in the grazed grass regions because of the constant movement of livestock . Every precaution is taken to minimise tick bites – all volunteers must wear long trousers and closed shoes when working in the grasslands, however the occasional tick may get through these defences and so it is advisable that everyone considers the vaccination. It does carry a cost and is not mandatory, so it is a personal choice of volunteers whether to get it or not, but we strongly recommend you do so.
Sexual Health. 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, diarrhoea and whilst taking antibiotics so please bring alternative methods of contraception, even if you are travelling with your partner.