It is vital that every participant visits their doctor or travel clinic at least 2 months prior to departure in order to get the latest advice on vaccinations and medications for the region. Some people are not able to have certain injections, so we cannot give blanket advice over which vaccinations you need. It is also worth checking the Travel Health Pro website or the Centres for Disease Control for up to date advice.
Everybody must see a doctor or travel nurse to get official advice on which vaccinations are necessary.
Rabies: Your health professional may ask you whether you will be at an increased risk of rabies. It is not compulsory to get the rabies vaccinations as you will not generally be handling mammals and we have protocols in place to ensure that in the very unlikely event that you were bitten by a potential rabies vector, appropriate treatment could be given. However if you are in Transylvania for 4 weeks or more, there is a possibility that you will be able to assist with the handling of bats if you have the full course of rabies pre-exposure vaccinations before your expedition.
Tick Borne Encephalitis (TBE): For the region that we are working in, we recommend volunteers consider a TBE (Tick-borne Encephalitis ) vaccination. Very few people were bitten by ticks during 2018, but they are present in the grazed grass regions because of the constant movement of livestock . Every precaution is taken to minimise tick bites – all volunteers must wear long trousers and closed shoes when working in the grasslands, however the occasional tick may get through these defences and so it is advisable that everyone considers the vaccination. It does carry a cost and is not mandatory, so it is a personal choice of volunteers whether to get it or not, but we strongly recommend you do so.
Yellow Fever: The yellow fever vaccination is not currently advised for travel to the area that we are working in. However, if you are travelling through or from a yellow fever zone, then you must make sure that you have had the yellow fever vaccination and that you carry your proof of vaccination. Click here for the World Health Organisation’s advice on yellow fever vaccination requirements for international travellers to any country.
HIV/Aids and Hepatitis B are present in some form in each country that Operation Wallacea operates in, but there is no reason why this should present a problem providing you always act responsibly and practice safe sex.
There is a Hepatitis B vaccine available, as with all other vaccines follow the advice given by your medical professional regarding receiving it.
The effectiveness of the contraceptive pill is compromised in the instance of sickness, diarrhoea and whilst taking antibiotics so please bring alternative methods of contraception, even if you are travelling with your partner.