We recommend that you get all the necessary immunizations. Contact your doctor, local health department or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for the most current information on what shots are recommended.
The two primary risks in Haiti are Malaria and Cholera. Because Cholera is a bacteria it is largely preventable by adhering to anti-bacterial hygiene practices such as applying ant-bac gel periodically throughout the day, keeping hands away from the face, washing your hands frequently and drinking plenty of water. We have ample clean drinking water for you to fill up a large water bottle with to carry with you on outreaches in a backpack.
If your immunizations include an anti-malarial prescription we do not recommend that you use Lariam (also known as mefloquine), as it has serious side effects that may include hallucinations, headaches, vivid dreams or nightmares, mood changes (in some cases even psychotic behavior), tremors, loss of coordination, numbness in hands and feet, ringing in the ears, vision changes, blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain and, in some cases, irregular heart beat. One better recommendation at this time is Doxycycline. Please ask your Doctor.