Yellow fever vaccine not mandatory in Panama

The vaccine against yellow fever will only be recommended but not required for exiting or entering Panama, the Ministry of Health reported today.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Ministry has established this public health protection measure in accordance with the 2005 International Health Regulation, but at the same time does not want "to limit o obstruct tourism and trade in Panama," the national chief of epidemiology at the Ministry, Gladys Guerrero, said at a press conference.
This decision has the support and supervision of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), she added.

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Panama tourism sector upset over new health regulations

October 2008

The tourism sector will ask the Minister of Health that he not certify the rule calling for the vaccination of travels for yellow fever depending on their origin or destination.

Travelers originating or destined for some 40 countries labeled by the WHO as "having the risk of yellow fever" will have to present a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.

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