I've got a trip planned for the winter, and I was talking with my Doc, and she suggested a Hep A vac, along with malaria pills, and typhoid vac. You guys bother with this stuff?
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Thread: Immunizations and Nicaragua
Nov 14, 2012, 02:30 PM #1
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Immunizations and Nicaragua
Nov 14, 2012, 02:49 PM #2
There is some nasty **** out there. Take the suggestions seriously. On top of the vaccines, stay away from the following:
-Rivermouths after a rain. There is no EPA down there so the waste basically goes from the toilet to the lineup
-any food that has to be cooked. I ate some chicken on a stick from a street cart in managua once and I think I still feel sick from it. Stick to fruits and veggies, or a REALLY trusted restaurant.
-Snakes, man, take 'em seriously. Some of the most deadly snakes in the world (see fur de lance) call the arid regions of southwest nica and northwest costa rica home. Always carry a flash light at night.
-Scorpions.. take em seriously too, man. They like to hang out under beds, in shoes, in showers, etc. I once took a shower with a couple big red ones, didn't realize it until I was drying off. Nearly had a heart attack. Get stung by one of those and no surfey surfey for days.
-water, even ice in the bar drinks. Some areas in or near the mountains have great water, some areas pull straight from the rivers
-watch your back. In general, the public is very friendly. Don't forget about that civil war, it is over but corruption and drugs and violence are out there floating around. IF you go out looking for trouble, you WILL find it. Bring cash to pay off the corrupt cops. Many are nice and helpful, many just want your gringo bucks.
Pura vida, enjoy the trip
Last edited by leethestud; Nov 14, 2012 at 02:51 PM.
Nov 20, 2012, 04:37 AM #3
What I don't understand is VB juveniles posing as surf travel experts. As is the case here.
Poseur, you are called.
Any of this 'information' that you posted is available from any travel site or from many previous posters on swellinfo forums.
Look....you're a young guy, full of piss & vinegar, Sandbridge is your world where your da-da taught you to surf. It's a small world & you demonstrate that with your vitriolic (look it up) defense of WRV's (lack of) client service.
You get off on posting your opinions that specifically attack on other posters. Because you are....see the above.
Now, some may rush to your defense, whatever.
Some may say that you're trying to provide helpful travel info, whatever.
But you & I both know that you just don't get outta town that often.
You're an authority on very little; perhaps the beer selection at the 7-11 on 40th Street?
You 'shred' Sandbridge, in your own opinion; yet others have seen you surf & have called you out on your arrogance.
And that's the thing that I have a problem with: your arrogance.
You're the guy that shiiiites on others for no reason other than self-gratification.
You're the guy that has the gear & flaunts it with the sense that gear makes you somebody.
You're the guy that snakes anyone & everyone & then bellows about being a local.
You're the guy who lives for this forum & can not handle it when you get criticized for your attitude.
You're a little boy who has yet to grow up and you're an engineer by training & expense.
Go build something; instead of tearing down.
Nov 20, 2012, 02:29 PM #4
Dec 9, 2012, 07:07 PM #5Senior Member
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Damm Lee, guess you wont be getting a Christmas card from that yankee guy.
Nov 14, 2012, 03:48 PM #6
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Nov 14, 2012, 04:23 PM #7
malaria isnt a problem. maybe get the others if you do or plan on doing alot of travel off the beaten track. the Hep A vaccination, i believe, is a series of 2 shots. the first one covers you for a year then get the 2nd one and ur good for life. not sure about typhoid.
You wont have to worry about rain with the rivermouths since your going during the dry season. that did happen to me once in El Salvador tho. i was in La Libertad, its a pretty big town/city and the first big rain came, it was a miserable 3 days of puke out my ass.
The scorpions are not the most dangerous bugs in Nicaragua its the centipedes you have to look out for. When I was there a friend of mine was stung by a small black scorpion that was in his shorts. The remedy, drink three cups of strong coffee and swim for a while to get his heart pumping.
That being said shake everything out before you put it on.
went to Nica this past Sept. and it was AWESOME!! They had a particularly dry rainy season, i believe that had drought conditions throughout most of the country.
Got the first of the Hep A boosters before I left, second one coming up in a month or so and yes it is lifetime inoculation. Also, got the typhoid fever vaccine, found in tropical regions. And re-upped on my tetanus, i would double check when you got that last...if you got it within 10 yrs you should be fine.
Would recommend the malaria pills too, there are a very companies and kinds. I did the pill that you take once a week for like 6 wks (depending on length of stay), make sure to look at the other ones tho. one side effect of the RX i had was vivid/realistic dreams....kinda creepy and might have had one or two dreams that were a little out there. the mosquitoes that carry malaria are nocturnal, so if you are all sealed up at night or have mosquito netting you should be fine. They have also had reports of dengue fever which is also transmitted by mosquitoes but they are active during the day. When I went they did not have anything for this so make sure you bring plenty of bug spray....just be smart and take the right precautions.
The total cost for my three vaccinations and malaria pills was just under 400 bones.....alot up front but hep A is lifetime, tetanus is for another 10 yrs, typhoid only 2 years but rather be safe than sorry. Some of the costs were covered by my insurance, still waiting for reimbursement but I would talk to them before you go. Some companies that offer vaccinations could be out of your "network" of insurance, so they would not be covered. Most times your primary care physician doesnt have these vaccines on hand so they might refer you out and then it is covered under insurance, most times.
hope this helps!! Have fun, got great waves everyday I was there!
OH SH!T....literally, ask for a diarrhea kit...Cipro - to kill everything and a pro-biotic to regrow good bacteria quickly!! If you feel the least bit queasy you can start taking it, rather than waiting to spend a day on the toilet.....other than that, the rum tends to sneak up on you.....nicaragua is the worst place in the world to wake up hungover, esp when its firing!