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Old June 18th, 2004, 04:57 PM
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hello all. Pediatrician recommended hepatitis A vaccine for my 11 & 15 year old for our cruise to Cozumel, Roatan, Belize & Grand Cayman. Waiting for a call from the health department re:more info.

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I am going to Mexico on cruise our Ped. suggest anybody cruising should get Hep A vac. My 6 yr and myself got vac. I had no side affects nor did my Daughter. Ped says this is the mildest vac. around. You need to get 1 shot and then the second 6 months latter.
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thanks alot. I appreciate your reply.

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Hmmmm...I have a friend at the CDC in the vaccination dept. Think I'll give him a call to see what the CDC recommends.

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wow! that would be great. Please let us ( me) know. thanks

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In utah and Idaho (don't know about other states) They have been vacinating against Hep A for at least 11 years. (my daughter is 11 and got the vacines when she was a baby.

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No. we do the hepatitis B, but not the A routinely (yet). We are in a suburb of chicago.



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I think previous poster means Hep B vaccination. Hep A is not a lifetime vaccine and would need to be revaccinated. It is also not routinely recommended for babies unless necessary. Hep B is given to babies in a three dose series. Hep B is a required vaccination for children to enter into school. Hep A is not a required vaccination. Only those who want (travlers or persons who would be exposed to conditions in which they could contract Hep A) to receive the vaccine do.
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Hey sorry everyone--got confused--yes they only vacinate against Hep. B
i don't know where i got "A" in there. again srry.

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My friend is out of the country (all he does is travel and teach clinics how to vaccinate). Here's what the CDC website says:

CDC recommends the following vaccines (as appropriate for age):

See your doctor at least 46 weeks before your trip to allow time for shots to take effect.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG) should be considered if travel to areas of questionable sanitation is anticipated.
Hepatitis B, if you might be exposed to blood (for example, health-care workers) or travelers who have sexual contact with the local population, stay longer than 6 months in Haiti or the Dominican Republic, or might be exposed through medical treatment.
Rabies, if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or recreation.
Typhoid, particularly if you are visiting developing countries in this region.
Yellow fever, for travelers going outside urban areas in Trinidad and Tobago.
As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children ages 1112 years who did not receive the series as infants.

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thanks for the great information.

I take this to mean that if I am eating only on the ship things should be fine as long as everyone is up to date on the "shots" the doctors at home regularly recommend. does that sound right?

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It would be very easy to get HEP A aboard the ship, All it takes is one person with
HEP A preparing our food to spread the disease. My DR says you wont die but it
would feel like you were if you contracted the disease. Anytime large amounts of people are in close quarters the disease can spread. Dont let this scare you, if there were outbreaks the CDC would post them on their website.
I recommend the vaccine, I had no side effects and the last shot I have had was back when I was 20 yrs old (18 yrs ago) and my 6 yr DD had no problems either.
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You can die from Hep A. This past spring in PA there where over 500 cases of Hep A from one restaurant. At least three died. I would reccomend everyone get a shot not just the kids.
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