Do I need to take malaria pills or get certain vaccinations for my trip to Panama?

There are no immunizations or vaccinations required for travelers from North America or Europe. Travelers from places where yellow fever is endemic may be required to show proof of vaccination, including tropical South America and sub-Sahara Africa. Health conditions and vaccination recommendations do change, however, so it’s best to check with your doctor for current requirements before traveling.

The kinds of precautions you will need to take depend on where you plan to go. If you plan to stay in urban areas, you won’t need malaria pills. However, if you want to spend time in remote, outdoor areas, you may want to consider taking antimalarial medication. As always, it’s best to discuss your options with a physician.

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