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Old July 19th, 2004, 05:46 PM
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Help! We're going on the Conquest in just over 2 weeks. Do we need to get any vaccination shots for the W. Carribean ports? It's our first cruise, so sorry if this is silly question.

I guess I'm wondering if we should get the Hep A shot. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!
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Old July 19th, 2004, 06:34 PM
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That's a great question!! wondering that myself!!

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We cruised on the Conquest last October we didn't get any kind of shots. we done just fine.
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I am such a sissy about getting any kind of shot, that if I needed to get one to go somewhere, I wouldn't be going. **edited to remove TOS violation***
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We just cruised the Western Carribean in April 2004 and didn't get any shots, but I also have to admit that given all the outbreaks of Hep A in our area I'm thinking of getting one before I go on the next cruise.

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Leaving Sunday for the Western Caribbean, been there before w/no shots beforehand.

And let me know if you need to cancel, Debbie!! I'd take shots galore to go on another cruise!

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You do not need any shots to go on the Conquest. My wife and I have been to the Western Carribean 4 times, all out of New Orleans, and we never had any shots or vacc. .
Just make sure you bring your orginal birth certificate. ( not sure on the spelling there) But , you will need it to board the ship.

Hope all of you have a wonderful cruise!
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No vacs needed. Hep A travels via hand to mouth. We do not usually eat in port, however we made an exception last year at Margaritaville. But also as a nurse, I had been dosed with many vacs prior to trip anyway just because of my work environment.

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According to our doctor you do not need the shots just make sure when in ports do not drink anything made with water or with ice cubes and try not to eat uncooked foods/fruits/veggies. In other words eat on the ship. The hep A shot is a two part shot and you get one then 6 months later you get the second one. Our doctor did give hubby and kids the first shot before we left on our cruise last december he said that it might help but they did go back last month for the second shot. Since i have hep c I had already had my shots so i was good to go.

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I work in Public Health and one of our divisions is a travel clinic where we take phone calls and see people who are travelling all over the world and make sure that they are innoculated for any of the local illnesses I checked their white board today and didn't notice anything that requires a vaccination - do be careful of the water though - ice cubes included - in ports - Hep A is a risk with unsanitary water conditions!

(http://chd.region.waterloo.on.ca/web...B?OpenDocument).

As well, there are mosquitos! Don't forget to 'fight the bite' - make sure to have repellant with DEET.

Call your local health unit/public health facility/hospital and ask them for information on international travel and necessary vaccinations.

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Thanks for all the replies. I called the our ta to check for advisories, and they told us they didn't know of any vaccinations required. The health clinic always advises the hep A (they cost $85 each). We've decided (with some help from your feedback) not to get the vaccinations and not to eat/drink in port unless the food is cooked and the drinks are bottled. Does that sound right?
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All I know is that the Navy has given me more shots than I ever thought I'd get.
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Just wanted to let you know I talked with the Public Health Nurses at work today about this - to confirm.

Hep A is the most recommended and typhoid is a close second. There is also a vaccination for travelers diarrhea.

Finally, you may want to be sure you're up to date on your Tetanus as well as Diptheria, TB, etc.

Found a cool link with travel vaccines - http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/travel/vaccines_index.shtml

Happy cruising all!

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Seawolf,

Tell me about it, The Navy was always trying to track me down for a yellow fever shot. I never went anywhere that had yellow fever. The one time I tried to get a tetnus shot they said they had a shortage and I didn't need it.

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