Guidance for Relief Workers and Others Traveling to Haiti for Earthquake Response

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

January 20, 2010

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Editor's Note:

The following guidelines are provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They were last updated on January 16, 2010.

This notice is to advise relief workers and other personnel traveling to Haiti to assist with the humanitarian response following the January 12th earthquake near Port-au-Prince. Conditions in the area remain hazardous, including extensive damage to buildings, roads, and other infrastructure.

Before You Depart for Haiti

Recommended Vaccines

A number of vaccines are recommended for travelers to Haiti. See your doctor before you travel to make sure you have had all necessary vaccines.

Routine. Be sure that you are up to date on vaccines such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT), polio, seasonal and H1N1 flu, and varicella. It is especially important to have a current tetanus shot.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG). Even if your departure is imminent, one dose of hepatitis A vaccine provides adequate short-term protection for healthy people. For long-term protection, a second dose is required 6-18 months after the first dose, depending on the brand of vaccine used.

Typhoid. There are 2 vaccines available for typhoid prevention. The injectable vaccine may be preferable to the oral vaccine in cases where travel is imminent. The oral vaccine requires refrigeration and 4 tablets taken every other day over one week.

Hepatitis B. If your departure is imminent, the first in a 3-dose series (day 0, 1 month and 6 months) may provide some protection. An accelerated dosing schedule may be used (doses at days 0, 7, and at 21-30 days with a booster at 12 months).

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