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Old 15 Apr 2009
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FWIW, I have not seen Malarone at a reduced price anywhere. If this is your preferred anti-malarial (as it is mine), don't expect to find it cheaply on the ground.


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Originally Posted by waterfox View Post
For rabies, dogs are out of control in Argentina, running wild in packs, and if you read the local papers, you will find out that they do attack and bite people!

Maria, this is a wild exageration, never in 49 years have I been bitten by a dog, this doesn't mean that it can't happen...but really the only thing out of control here is the taxman.........
Seriously i think a dog senses when you are scared.............best form of defence is to kick it in the teeth with your motocross boot (the metal bit in the front)

Sorry waterfox! didn't want to cause offence!
You are right a kick in the teeth is a good repellent but groups of dogs in small towns can be sometimes very agressive and very intimidating, as I got bitten bit one while I was walking down a street minding my own business.
But then, I have been particularly unlucky on my trip, and things seem to happen to me that do not usually happen to anyone! :confused1: Causing great entertainment among my friends of course!

BAck to the question of vaccinations, I prefer to cover all grounds considering how much accident prone I can be!


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David- Misinformation/inaccuracies on websites can cause risks... be careful.

Doxycycline needs be taken for a period of time before reaching the risk area then again for a period of time after leaving it- It cannot be taken when you get there as levels have to build in your body- neither does it prevent Malaria but buys you time if symptoms are seen.

Malarone can be used as both - cure and prevention but you still need to get to medics if you are infected.

In Africa, they use a local cure called Arinate (Artesunate) (that I carried with me as well as taking 'Doxy') made by Dafra Pharma (info@dafra.be)

For medical stuff, always consult your GP - or other Specialist - it isn't worth the risk. ( p.s. I am not a medic either!)

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Yellow fever in South America

Just wanted to add something. I’ve been stuck in Santiago for 10 days más o menos. Tried to get a yellow fever vaccination, the while city is out. If you plan on coming down and want to go to Bolivia or Brazil you’ll need one of these to get out from what I can tell.

Every clinic or hospital I went to had a crowds waiting days for a new shipment to arrive and all batches were already allocated from what I could tell. Maybe in time supply will catch up to demand but if I were do do it over again I’d have out more effort into getting one in my home country, in my case the states.
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It's my understanding that there is a worldwide shortage of yellow fever vaccine. A friend who tried to get vaccinated here (also in the US) could not find any, but was offered what was apparently an older, less effective version.

Take this for whatever it's worth, but definitely try to think ahead if you haven't already had this one.


Edit: Ok, I take it back; the alternative vaccine is not normally available in the US, but it's been in use elsewhere. The CDC states that it's equally effective. It's now supposed to be available in the US at a limited number of sites.

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I would make sure that I’m vaccinated against Hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, and TB. Of these Hepatitis is the most likely to catch, and it can have very unpleasant long term effects (liver cancer) and in the Brave new world of 2021, you should have had a COVID vaccine.

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