Posted August 23rd, 2009, 09:32 PM
You guys jsut reminded me to call my doc and see if I need any shots for Central America. Thanks.
Depending on your itinerary --- IF you are visiting any South American countries BEFORE hitting Central America (for ex. Brazil) --- and your
ship is stopping at Costa Rica --- you may need a Yellow Fever shot.
Best to check with the Costa Rica Consulate --- you can send them a
email --- we were on a 46 day cruise around South America and stopped
in Costa Rica on the way home. Yellow Fever Certificates were required
for all passengers exiting the ship for shore excursions or to just walk around. You will need to get these at an International Travel Clinic -- your family doctor usually does NOT stock this vaccine. You will receive
a yellow "International Vaccination" booklet that also must be signed by
your personal physican. The shots are good for 10 years, I believe.
If you are over the age of 60 and have significant health issues (for ex.
heast, diabetes) --- you can be exempt BUT you still need to visit the
clinic to get the booklet stamped and your doctor still needs to sign it. Take a
letter on his letterhead stating why you should be exempt. With certain
cruise lines --- if you DO NOT have the proper vaccinations prior to
boarding --- you will NOT be allowed to board the ship. Not a great way
to start your vacation.