Venezuela

Malaria and travel vaccination advice for Venezuela.

MALARIA

1. South of and including the Orinoco River and Angel Falls; rural areas of Apure, Monagas, Sucre & Zulia states:

There is a risk of malaria. Advise mosquito bite avoidance.

2. Caracas and Margarita Island:

There is no risk of malaria. Advise mosquito bite avoidance.

Special risk groups

In low risk areas, antimalarials may be considered in exceptional circumstances for travellers who are at higher risk of malaria (such as long term travellers visiting friends and relatives), or of severe complications from malaria (such as the elderly [>70 years], the immunosuppressed, those with complex co-morbidities, pregnant women, infants and young children).

Travellers with an absent or poorly functioning spleen should be dissuaded from travel to any area with risk of malaria, but where travel is essential awareness, rigorous bite avoidance and antimalarials should be advised.

VACCINATIONS

Travellers should be up to date with routinely recommended vaccinations according to the routine UK immunisation programme.

Typhoid
Vaccination could be considered for travellers whose activities put them at increased risk, including those visiting friends and relatives, and frequent or long-stay travellers to areas where sanitation and food hygiene are likely to be poor.

Hepatitis A
Vaccination recommended for all previously unvaccinated travellers. Hepatitis A vaccine is well tolerated and affords long-lasting protection.

Rabies
Vaccination recommended for travellers whose activities put them at increased risk, including those at risk due to their work (eg, health workers or those working with animals), those travelling to areas where access to post-exposure treatment and medical care is limited, those planning higher risk activities such as running or cycling, and long-stay travellers.

Yellow fever
Vaccination is recommended for travellers aged 9 months and older except as mentioned below.

Vaccination is generally not recommended for travel to areas with a low potential for exposure to yellow fever (the entire states of Aragua, Carabobo, Miranda, Vargas and Yaracuy and the Distrito Federal) but could be considered for a small subset of travellers to such areas who are at increased risk for exposure because of:

  • Prolonged travel
  • Heavy exposure to mosquito bites
  • Inability to avoid insect bites

Vaccination is not recommended for travel to areas >2,300m in the States of Trujillo, Merida, and Tachira; the States of Falcon and Lara; Margarita Island; the capital city of Caracas; and the city of Valencia.

International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from Brazil and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

If a receiving country requires an ICVP as a condition of entry, and the individual should not receive the vaccine on medical grounds, a letter of medical exemption can be considered.

Tetanus
Travellers should have completed a primary vaccination course according to the UK schedule. If travelling to a country where medical facilities may be limited, a booster dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine is recommended if the last dose was more than ten years ago even if five doses of vaccine have been given previously.

Further information

Abbreviated information provided by the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). Refer to the Venezuela page on travelhealthpro.org.uk for full details.


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