Health & Immunizations
While Westcoast Connection considers health conditions when choosing program locations, we are not experts when it comes to assessing the need for vaccinations or determining other medical requirements for travel.
Each participant is responsible for verifying health conditions of their destination. Should parents have any concerns about the program location, you are encouraged to conduct research through the U.S. State Department, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization or other sources.
We recommend you follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and consult with your physician for current immunizations and medication required for travel overseas. These recommendations may change from time to time.
High Altitude Destinations
For programs in Ecuador and Peru, we travel to higher altitudes and recommend those who have previously had difficulty adjusting to higher altitude consider this factor in choosing a program.
Check with your physician that you are up-to-date on what are often referred to as routine vaccines for influenza, chickenpox, polio, MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) and DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis also known as whooping cough). There have been increased episodes of measles internationally so it is important to keep current. We also recommend that your tetanus be up-to-date.
Mosquito Borne Disease Including Malaria
In some destinations, mosquitoes may transmit viruses and diseases including malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and Zika fever. This is not an exhaustive list and varies by location. Please consult with your own travel physician for specific concerns in relation to other health conditions you may already have. The best protection against mosquito-transmitted illness is to wear long sleeves and long pants and to use insect repellent with DEET. Click here for Information on Zika or other insect-transmitted viruses.
For certain destinations, the CDC recommends anti-malaria medication and Yellow Fever immunization. The CDC site should be consulted for the most up-to-date information and please speak with one of our Travel Specialists about any of your concerns.
Australia • Canada • Costa Rica • Ecuador & Galapagos • Europe (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, & the United Kingdom) • New Zealand • Peru • South Africa • Thailand • USA • Vietnam