Mission Honduras

Health Resources

Recommended Immunizations

The following is a list of the inoculations you are required to obtain for participation on this trip. Your doctor may recommend other inoculations as well.

- Tetanus: Primary series of three doses for adults if not previously immunized. All children get a tetanus shot before entering school and boosters are recommended every ten years. Get one if you haven't had one in the last ten years.

- Malaria Prophylaxis: The risk of malaria varies widely by area and is most prevalent in rural and low-lying areas, and near water. While most of our time will be spent in towns and at higher elevations, it is best that malaria prevention is taken. It is a series of pills taken weekly beginning a week before the trip and continuing several weeks after the trip.

- Hepatitis A: This shot is recommended for all travelers. It is a series of two or three shots that must be started several months before the trip and will give you long-term protection. If you prefer only temporary protection (three to five months) you may get an injection of immune globulin.

- Hepatitis B It is now recommended by doctors that all children and infants get this immunization. If you do not have it yet, all teenagers and adults must get it before going to Honduras. It is a series of injections like the Hepatitis A shot and must be started several months before the trip.

Recommended location to receive inoculations for a good price:

Carroll County Health Department
Westminster, MD
Call 410-857-5000 for appointment and directions

Health Tips

- Use insect repellent that contains at least 30 percent of the chemical "DEET" (N-N-Diethyl toluamide) on your skin. Coulston's Duranon insect repellent (used only on clothing) is recommended for use with DEET-containing skin insect repellent for high effectiveness against bites. Protect yourself from insects by remaining in well-screened areas, using repellents (applied sparingly at 4-hour intervals) and permethrin-impregnated mosquito nets, and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants from dusk through dawn.

- Drink bottled water, or boiled water, or water that's been purified with iodine tincture (better than Halzone tablets) by adding five drops/quart to clear water and let stand 30 minutes or ten drops/quart of cold to cloudy water and let stand up to several hours. Avoid ice cubes and brushing your teeth in local water. Do not drink soda that has been opened by anyone other than yourself.

- Avoid salads, fresh fruit and vegetables that have been washed in local water. Donít eat food purchased from street vendors. Peel your own fruit. Eat foods that have been freshly cooked and are served hot. Avoid undercooked meats and seafood. Most desserts (pies, custards, gelatins, creamy desserts), milk (unless canned, evaporated or condensed, or boiled), cheese, mayonnaise and dressings are not recommended. "Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it."

- Wash hands often with soap and water.

- To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot.

- Females should be prepared in case their period arrives while in Honduras. Don't think that because "it came a week before the trip!", it won't come while you are in Honduras. It can, and probably will. You don't want to find out the hard way that sudden climate changes and traveling can do that.

Health Links

www.cdc.gov/ - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

- Health information for travelers to Central America.

- Information on travel related diseases.

- Safe food and water.

- Vaccinations.

- Medical information for Americans traveling abroad.