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Old March 19th, 2008, 03:15 PM
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I know often times when traveling abroad there are certain vaccinations you need to receive for certain countries. I will be hitting the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Roaton and Freeport) on Carnival Glory. Should I get the vaccinations the CDC recommends for these countries? My worry isn't in the port but rather on excursions. Am I being paranoid? Any feedback you can give me would be greatly appreciated!
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Old March 19th, 2008, 10:26 PM
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I've never been vaccinated and have traveled a good chunk of the Caribbean...

Never had any problems.

Personal choice for you my dear.

Have a good time...I am dying to go on the Glory!
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We did this cruise back in April 2007 and we did not have any vaccinations. I think as long as your tetnis and such are up to date you should be fine, I only say tetnis cause you can always accidently encounter something rusty when you are near water.


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The thing to be aware of, though, is that you may not be able to give blood for six months or more after traveling through Roaton and other places. I was surprised to learn this when I went to donate blood. Malaria is an issue in donations.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 10:01 AM
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We have been to the Caribbean 3 times now(May will be our 3rd). We have never had and immuniations. We weren't planning to get them this time either.

I agree, if you have your updated tetnis, you should be good to go. That goes for just being at home also. You can never tell?

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I think everyone should get the hepititis B and C shots if you're traveling anywhere standards are not up to ours. They are done over several months so start now. Your liver will thank you. Tetanus is always smart even at home. We got, I think, yellow fever shots too when we went to Peru a few years back. I've never worried that much about health problems on cruises because of coming back to the ship every evening and with all of the bottled water around on the tours. I think vaccinations are needed more when you are going to be spending time in some areas whose sanitation is not what we're used to.
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Not knowing any health concerns you may have, I would suggest that you consult with your family doctor. I'm sure that they would consider all of the factors involved. That said, [/b]Enjoy your cruise.
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