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Honduras Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Yellow Fever No**
Typhoid Yes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Malaria Sometimes*
Hepatitis A Yes
Diphtheria Sometimes

* Malaria risk is a variable risk throughout the year in 80% of the municipalities, especially in the rural areas such as Roatán and the other Bay Islands.

**A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers arriving from areas in the endemic zone.

Health Care

Health insurance is recommended. The main hospitals are in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. However all the large towns have a hospital. Mosquito nets are recommended for coastal areas to minimise the risk of malaria and dengue fever. There are scuba diving recompression chambers on the islands of Roatan and Utila.

Food and Drink

All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should first be boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is unpasteurised in rural areas and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products that are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. Avoid meat and dairy when eating from markets or street vendors.

Other Risks

Dengue fever and American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease) may occur. Hepatitis B is present. HIV/AIDS is a growing problem.

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