Do you get a Hepatitis shot before going to the Caribbean?
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when i talked to my doctor about a trip to india, a third world country, we discussed what i'd be doing there (hotel to office, repeat, etc.), not coming into contact with livestock, dirt, refuse, or having 'relations' with the locals, etc.
and the only thing that we decided was really worthwhile was the flu and swine flu shots, and that was more out of concern for the 20+ hours i'd be on a plane each way... i'm flu-proof
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My family doctor said we should get ourselves and the kids Hep A & B shots before our cruise (going in August to Mexico, Belize and Hondorus). Just wondering how many others get theirs before travelling to these areas?Depending on the age of your child and the state you live in, they should have already began the series for Hep B (beginning at birth and ending around their 18 mo)and Hep A would have been given around the 12-24 month range for babies.
So I wonder why he would have suggested something like that, when he would have known the immunization schedules of your state plus what the kids had already been given.?
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My family doctor said we should get ourselves and the kids Hep A & B shots before our cruise (going in August to Mexico, Belize and Hondorus). Just wondering how many others get theirs before travelling to these areas?Preventative vaccines are a good thing even for eating out at your favorite restaraunts at home.
I would call your local health dept to see what their recommendations are.
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"Hepatitis B and D: Also known as serum hepatitis, this form can be found in blood, saliva, semen, and vaginal secretions. The virus is transmitted via blood transfusions, sexual contact, or contaminated needles. It is common in homosexual men and IV drug users. Infected mothers can also pass it on to their babies at the time of delivery. Between 1-10% of people with this form of hepatitis will develop chronic hepatitis. These people have a 25-40% greater risk of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hepatitis D can only occur when there is also infection with Hepatitis B. Hepatitis D is uncommon in the United States, except in those requiring multiple transfusions or in IV drug users.
- Who gets the vaccine: Primary vaccination now takes place during infancy. If not immunized during childhood, the following at-risk people should receive the vaccine: all adolescents; and high-risk adults (those who have household contact with infected people; sex partners of infected people; heterosexuals with multiple sex partners in less than six months; IV drug users; people with recently diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases; people on hemodialysis for kidney failure; health-care workers exposed to blood products; inmates of correctional facilities)."
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My family doctor said we should get ourselves and the kids Hep A & B shots before our cruise (going in August to Mexico, Belize and Hondorus). Just wondering how many others get theirs before travelling to these areas?all 4 of my kids have the shot....I believe it is a 2 series shot.
I decided to get it for them after our first cruise in 2004. I didn't know to ask the Doc about it then, but I did start the series for the next trip out of the country.
Insurance covers it and I mainly got it in case of food borne illnesses. Back in 1976, in Greece, I ate raw fruits and veggies..as in salad.....and a few days later I passes out while walking to see some artifact.....woke up in a medical tent with a doc telling me to drink this charcoal tasting liquid. Good thing I did as I was then able to get up and get in the bus and back to the hotel. I was green for the next 3 days and had to suffer thru the land portion of our tour..laying in the back of the bus and having them stop several times so I could be ill along side of the road....or out the bus window! You cannot imagine the outhouses I have seen in the Greek countryside!!! Wish I had the shot.
Some of the posters are talking about Hep B .....but Hep A is the one that makes most sense for children who travel.
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