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Pregnant women with Zika


For a pregnant woman everything is a double experience, and it is a time to enjoy and relax, but also to think about your safety and that of your future baby. And for this, there is nothing better than travel assistance coverage for pregnant women, which will give you all the security and protection you need while you are traveling.

When we prepare for an international trip we must organize it in the best possible way, thinking about all the details, such as the clothes we will wear, the places where we will stay and the places we will visit. But most of us do not think about the most important thing, our protection while we are away from home. For this item we have the ideal solution, traveler’s assistance insurance, which will cover any eventuality or emergency we may have, and thanks to this we will be able to enjoy our stay to the fullest, thinking of nothing else but relaxing and having fun.

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It is recommended to have the current vaccination schedule up to date (including MMR – measles, rubella and mumps – and polio). In addition, the following vaccines are recommended and can be administered at your health center.

The administration of other vaccines such as rabies, cholera or meningitis will depend on the individual characteristics of the traveler and associated risks (long periods of stay -more than 1 month-, close contact with animals, lodging, health cooperation, visit to endemic rural areas…) and can be administered in an international vaccination center.

In general, most vaccines are administered in health centers by your primary care physician, except for yellow fever, which is administered in international vaccination centers.

A certificate of vaccination is often required for all travelers coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, and sometimes for travelers in transit through such countries (even if only for a few hours at the airport). However, a 2010 meeting of yellow fever experts concluded that when airport transit is less than 12 hours, the risk of yellow fever is almost non-existent and therefore a vaccination certificate may not be required. More information about yellow fever

Zika babies

Pregnancy is not the most appropriate time to travel to areas where there is a high risk of contracting an infectious disease. If the pregnant woman cannot postpone the trip, she must take certain precautions.

For example, influenza, mumps, rubella, measles and chickenpox vaccines are made with live or attenuated germs and, although there is no evidence that they pose a serious risk to the development of the future baby, as a preventive measure they should not be given during pregnancy.

In contrast, cholera, diphtheria, tetanus and typhoid vaccines contain killed microorganisms, are toxoids or are genetically engineered. These do not affect the fetus and could be used during gestation. But sometimes they can cause a reaction in the mother that could harm the proper development of the embryo or fetus.

Therefore, except for the tetanus vaccine, which is sometimes indicated, the rest should only be administered when there is a clear possibility of infection that justifies the risk of maternal reaction.

Chikungunya and pregnancy

Learn about the vaccines required to travel to African countries. We inform you about the vaccinations required by each African country to protect against Yellow Fever, Malaria and other diseases.

Vaccinations for travel to African countries are usually the polio vaccine, yellow fever, tetanus, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, cholera or meningococcal meningitis, but it is not necessary to get all of them. It depends on the destination, as for example there is a special type of vaccine for traveling to Kenya, as there are also vaccines to go to South Africa different from the other regions.

The first recommendation if you are about to travel to countries in Africa, Asia or South America is to go to the doctor. He/she will be the one who will be able to inform you accurately and clearly if you need to take any medication or get vaccinated before traveling to any of these destinations.

Vaccination against yellow fever is carried out for two different purposes: 1. To prevent the international spread of the disease by protecting countries from the risk of importation or spread of the yellow fever virus.

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