Visiting Child and Vaccinations

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Hello, my wife and I are planning to go visit our sponsor child in Ecuador. Does Compassion have a list of vaccinations that are required/suggested for a trip to Ecuador?
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Jeremy Bibbee

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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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I also have children in Ecuador I was hoping to Visit. When I contacted COmpassion, they told me:
To see a list of recommended vaccines for travel to Ecuador, please visit the Center For Disease Control website and go to the “Travelers’ Health” section. There you will find a list of vaccines that you can then discuss taking with your medical provider. We do not monitor which vaccines travelers take, and we are prohibited, by law, from giving input on vaccines. However, the recommended list mentioned above is a very good place to start.
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Hi Jeremy! What an exciting time! It is a true blessing to be able to meet your kiddo! :)

You may check out some super great info on how to prepare for your trip here: https://www.compassion.com/get-involved/group-tour-preparation.htm#health. This does have a small section on vaccines, titled "Immunizations and Insurance". However, you will note that Compassion is actually not able to give you advice on getting vaccinations. We would advise that you talk directly with your doctor. However, please note that you will want to bring a copy of your records with you while in Ecuador.

I hope this is helpful! :) 
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Jeremy Bibbee

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Thank you, Sarah and Shannon. We'll take a look at both pages and go from there. :)
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Jennifer

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I got a lot of good advice about which shots I needed and which were less critical from a travel clinic (which may have even been suggested by Compassion at the time.)  They also gave me advice about protecting myself from mosquitoes (and products, which is probably the bulk of their business, but they helped.)

Another tip:  at least check with your health insurance plan and see what they'll cover.  I didn't think mine would since it was elective travel, but I casually asked when I called about something else.  Turns out there was a clinic I could go to under my plan.  I saved a ton compared to others (only had to pay for one shot of eight), and my anti-malarials were covered too.
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Jeremy Bibbee

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Jennifer, thank you for your reply. That is some good information and I'll definitely reach out to our insurance provider. Thanks for the tip! Every penny we can save will help fund our trip!

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