Mandatory and optional vaccines

The major dangers of traveling to Antarctica involve:

1. Traveling in nearby accommodations with several people from different parts of the world on a cruise ship, which increases the risk of transmission of contagious diseases.

2. Exposure to intense cold temperatures, dry freezing winds and sunlight reflecting the bright white landscape of this continent, leading to irritation of the hoops and possibly transient blindness, if the protective measures are not taken.

The best way to ensure that diseases like mumps and measles are not a problem is to get the right vaccinations. Visit your health care provider at least 4-6 weeks before your scheduled departure, to allow enough time for the vaccines to be administered and to produce effective levels of the antibody.

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