As we travel internationally, we may be exposed to certain diseases that are rare in the United States. Fortunately, the risk of catching these diseases is still quite low since we will be on site for only a short time and will be eating properly prepared food, etc. However, since it is impossible to eliminate all risk, there are a variety of vaccines and immunizations that provide prevention against many of the most serious infectious diseases in the world that we ask each delegation member consider receiving.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website www.cdc.gov, there are no specific, required vaccines for Ecuador, BUT routine vaccines should be up-to-date.
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
However, it does recommend meeting with a healthcare provider who specializes in Travel Medicine 4-6 weeks prior to travel to discuss receiving the vaccinations listed below. We have found that out of the local health clinics listed above, the JCHD is the cheapest and no appointments are necessary as they welcome walk-ins. Before making any decisions, you might consider contacting your personal physician and insurance company to see what they cover in terms of adult vaccinations. In addition, please consult your personal physician regarding WPC’s recommendations, as the WPC staff is not in a position to provide medical advice or recommendations to individuals.
Due to the Zika virus outbreak, some participants may have concerns about the upcoming travel. However, we recommend participants contact their primary health care provider if they have any concerns. We will respect each participant’s individual decision to travel.
As for any international travel, all participants are advised to continue with the precautions advised for travelers in the CDC guidelines: (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html)