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Malaria and Vaccinations

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Malaria and Vaccinations

Should travelers to San Miguel and surrounding areas, Morelia, Patzcuaro get Hepatitis A and Thyphoid vaccines and take a Malaria preventative pill?

Is the Baygon Genius electric inscecticidal diffuser effective against mosquitoes at night? Can you purchase it in San Miguel? It does not seem to be available in the USA.

The CDC makes the following recommendations concerning Malaria:

“Mexico: Risk in rural areas, including resorts in rural areas, of the following states: Campeche, Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, and Tabasco. In addition, risk exists in Jalisco State (in its mountainous northern area only). Risk also exists in an area between 24° north and 28° north latitude and 106° west and 110° west longitude which lies in parts of the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, and Durango. No malaria risk along the United States-Mexico border. No malaria risk in the major resorts (that is, resorts located in urban areas) along the Pacific and Gulf coasts, although tourists should use insect repellent and other anti-mosquito measures.”

“All travelers to malaria-risk areas in Mexico and Central America (except for Darién Province and San Blas Province in Panama; see below for those areas), including infants, children, and former residents of these countries, should take chloroquine as their antimalarial drug.”

cdc.gov/travel/…malariarisk

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1. Re: Malaria and Vaccinations

I think everyone, especially travelers, should have Hep A vaccine.

I have never taken Typhoid nor Malaria prophylaxis despite having visited Panama (incl the Darien and San Blas), Costa Rica and Michoacan (Morelia & Patzcuaro)/Quintana Roo.

Typhoid v. is not terribly effective, but there is Typhoid here in San Miguel. Common sense and avoiding street food, etc. helps.

We found liberal use of Ultrathon (DEET) of great benefit v. mosquitoes and swarming bees.

Consult your internist.

M (MD; ABIM; ABNM; ABR)

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2. Re: Malaria and Vaccinations

Thanks Mikemo:

Based on your advice, the local travel clinic specialist, and various websites we plan to get the Hepatitis A and the Typhoid vaccine.

It appears that almost everyone should get the Hepatitis A vaccine. Due to it's elevation, SMA evidently does not have a malaria problem. The Typhoid vaccine is 60-70% effective and is good for only two years before a booster is needed.

Two good websites for travel medicine are http://www.travmed.com/ and

http://www.cdc.gov/travel/

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James

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My family found the Baygon plug-ins extremely effective during a week long stay in San Miguel in June. We had a terrible time with mosquitoes at first after leaving the windows open the first night, but got no more bites after learning to close the unscreened windows at night and using the Baygon plug-ins. Although we couldn't find more Baygon tablets in the few stores we checked in Centro, the Raid brand plug-ins were easy to find around town and equally effective.

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4. Re: Malaria and Vaccinations

My neighbors use the Baygon plug in units which they purchased at Gigante.

M

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Speaking of mosquitos. How is the problem this time of year? We are arrive this weekend for a month long stay. Do we need to pack the mosquito "stuff"?

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6. Re: Malaria and Vaccinations

Depends: we have have fountains and ponds with goldfish; all windows except kitchen have screens and we have an occasional bugger in the house 'cuz the doors are open during the day with the help and dogs coming and going.

SO occasionally uses a squirt of (Repel) lemon eucalyptus at night.

M

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