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Old September 20th, 2005, 08:10 PM
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Hi 4 of us are sailing on Carnival Legend to Belize, Panama, and Costa Rica and would like to know from those of you who have sailed to these places if shots are needed. Thank You to All who respond. Bee
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Old September 20th, 2005, 08:13 PM
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You do not "officially" need shots for those places.

It is always advisable that you consult your doctor about these questions. Your health needs may be different.

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Hey Bee,

I sail on the Conquest to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel in November and asked my doctor last week about shots. He suggested and gave me a Tetnis and Hepatitis A. Have FUN!!!!
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It all depends upon your health. There are no required shots. Ask your doctor.
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 01:19 PM
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With everything going on right here in the United States...my husband and I both had started our Hep A and B series. But, of course, only your doctor can give you the best advise for your personal situation.
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We have sailed to these locations a few times and have not received any shots. As always it is best to consult you private doctor as he and other physicians should be the only advice you listen to.
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i asked my dr the other day, esp about my kids. we have all had hep B. The dr at first said she would recommend hep a, but when I told her that we would not be eating in these places, she said we would be fine. So if you plan on eating in the islands, then ask your dr.
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Like the others have said, ask your doctor. And, don't wait until the last minute. If I remember correctly, my doctor suggested Hep. A shots....to be protected we needed to get them at least 2 weeks before the cruise, and then there was a follow-up shot in 6 months. (not sure those details are correct, but I remember he suggested not waiting until right before the cruise). My sons were almost due for Tetanus so they got those.

Be happy you are not going to Africa! (well, I would like to go there) The lady who went in for immunizations before me took forever-----lots of shots for her!
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I did this cruise several years ago and had no problems. If you were going to be vacationing there, you might want shots, but since you will only be staying a few hours in each country, I wouldn't bother. Shots hurt.

Also, I ate on every excursion I took. In Belize I ate at a little open air bar/restaurant out in the middle of nowhere. We had Chicken, Beans & Rice and something else made by the local women. It was all in warming trays on a table for us. In Costa Rica, we had a picnic lunch with fruit, veggies and drinks, in Panama, the train gave us ham sandwiches, an apple and water. No problems whatsoever.
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my family is sailing on the miracle and were going to belize, that is where our doctor said we would need shots for, so my dad and i got tetnus, my brother and i got hepititus A, my mom and dad got thier twinrex(hep a and b), and were taking some pills as well for deptheira
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