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!
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.
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.
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.