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DH and I are on a 32-day trip from Santiago to FLL, leaving March 5, and I am stressing out over the yellow fever vaccine. We are both well over 60 and do not want to take the risks of the vaccine associated with age 60+ patients. We have an exemption signed by our physicians, but on our Roll Call, one person posted information from Princess that at the embarkation port, "local health officials" will examine our exemption papers and determine whether to accept them or not. That scares me! We don't want to be denied boarding since St. Kitts and Martinique require passengers to show proof of the vaccine (or have a waiver). So my question is this...

 

Have you been denied boarding, or do you know someone personally who was denied boarding because s/he didn't have the YF vaccine or waiver? I have a hard time believing that everyone on our cruise will have either had the YF vaccine or secured an exemption. I can't imagine Princess or local health officials denying boarding to scores of pax. I know we're supposed to read the vaccine and visa requirements for our specific cruise and ports of call, and I have done that (and more), and still I am worried. I do have an app't with the Univ. of NC/Chapel Hill travel clinic to discuss having a waiver issued by their travel physician on their letterhead.

 

Thanks for your input,

Debbie

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I'll give the link after this

"If you cannot get the vaccine for medical reasons, but require proof of yellow fever vaccination for travel, your doctor can give you a waiver letter if he considers the risk acceptably low. If you plan to use a waiver, you should also contact the embassy of the countries you plan to visit for more information."

 

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/yf.html

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Thank you; that makes me feel better that the waiver letter from my physician (not a travel clinic though) will suffice.

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If you can not take the yellow fever vaccine, in addition to the waiver letter from your doctor, you need to contact the embassy of the countries requiring it.  This is from the CDC website:

If you cannot get the vaccine for medical reasons, but require proof of yellow fever vaccination for travel, your doctor can give you a waiver letter if he considers the risk acceptably low. If you plan to use a waiver, you should also contact the embassy of the countries you plan to visit for more information.

 

Good luck.

 

Ricki

 

 

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Thanks, Ricki. I did see that caution somewhere, but thank you for reminding me. I will try to be as prepared as possible, short of getting the vaccine. 

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The vaccine or a waiver were required when we cruised on Holland America 4 years ago.   We were in line behind someone who had neither.  They wouldn’t let them board and so they had to get the vaccine somewhere that day and fly to meet up with the ship.  Even though we were in our 60’s the travel dr said there was no reason to not have the vaccine.  We did not have any reactions.  

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That's exactly the scenario that scares me. I have a waiver signed by my physician, but I'm also going to consult a travel clinic. That's interesting the clinic wasn't concerned about side effects for those >60. Glad you had no problems. I read a Nov. 2019 article discussing severe side effects.

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20 hours ago, ricki said:

If you can not take the yellow fever vaccine, in addition to the waiver letter from your doctor, you need to contact the embassy of the countries requiring it.  This is from the CDC website:

If you cannot get the vaccine for medical reasons, but require proof of yellow fever vaccination for travel, your doctor can give you a waiver letter if he considers the risk acceptably low. If you plan to use a waiver, you should also contact the embassy of the countries you plan to visit for more information.

 

Good luck.

 

Ricki

 

 

I'm pretty sure the link I gave provided that info. If not I apologize cause I sure thought it did. No?

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It did, Clo; please don’t apologize. I am appreciative of all those who have been trying to ease my mind. 
 

Debbie 

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16 hours ago, clo said:

I'm pretty sure the link I gave provided that info. If not I apologize cause I sure thought it did. No?

I sincerely apologize for posting it after you already did. Definitely, you get all the credit!

 

Ricki

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6 minutes ago, ricki said:

I sincerely apologize for posting it after you already did. Definitely, you get all the credit!

 

Ricki

Oh not at all. It's clear that people often don't read links before replying. That's all I meant.

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Here is our recent experience.

 

We just came back from a cruise on the Amazon. Read all the CDC and other warnings about YF, malaria and typhoid. We went to a travel clinic and $1K later, we had YF and typhoid shots, plus malaria pills, plus Cipro, just in case.

 

We are both over 65, in good health. Had no reaction to any of the shots or  malaria pills. We spoke to many people on board who had not gotten any shots and weren't taking malaria pills.

 

NONE of the ports we stopped at--Caribbean, Brazil--asked to see proof of anything. Even French Guiana, which seemed the most adamant, never asked us to prove anything. Our ship (Oceania Insignia) took our passports when we boarded but wanted nothing to do with the yellow vaccination cards, they told us to keep them.

 

I don't know if this varies among cruise lines, maybe it does, but this is what we experienced.

 

good luck, you'll love that cruise!

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Thanks, NoWhiners - so glad you had no side effects from your $1k worth of shots!! That's how much the travel clinic relieved our wallet when we went to S. Africa. Crazy. I'm sure cruise lines vary in their enforcement of recommended vaccinations, but you'd think for required ones, they would check. I am getting certified waivers from the Univ. of NC travel clinic today. They are even yellow 🙂

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12 hours ago, Fear-the-turtle said:

Thanks, NoWhiners - so glad you had no side effects from your $1k worth of shots!! That's how much the travel clinic relieved our wallet when we went to S. Africa. Crazy. I'm sure cruise lines vary in their enforcement of recommended vaccinations, but you'd think for required ones, they would check. I am getting certified waivers from the Univ. of NC travel clinic today. They are even yellow 🙂

 

I'm thinking yellow is the key 😀

 

You'll be fine, enjoy the trip. (BTW, we never saw even 1 mosquito. Lots of other interesting icky bugs, but no mosquitoes.)

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On 1/2/2020 at 10:04 AM, Fear-the-turtle said:

That's how much the travel clinic relieved our wallet when we went to S. Africa. Crazy.

Not only are you paying medical specialists with very specific advanced education/training, some of those medications are produced in massive amounts so they cost more.

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On 1/2/2020 at 10:18 PM, NoWhiners said:

Lots of other interesting icky bugs, but no mosquitoes.)

We saw one dead fly in Africa 🙂

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On 1/1/2020 at 9:11 PM, NoWhiners said:

Here is our recent experience.

 

We just came back from a cruise on the Amazon. Read all the CDC and other warnings about YF, malaria and typhoid. We went to a travel clinic and $1K later, we had YF and typhoid shots, plus malaria pills, plus Cipro, just in case.

 

We are both over 65, in good health. Had no reaction to any of the shots or  malaria pills. We spoke to many people on board who had not gotten any shots and weren't taking malaria pills.

 

NONE of the ports we stopped at--Caribbean, Brazil--asked to see proof of anything. Even French Guiana, which seemed the most adamant, never asked us to prove anything. Our ship (Oceania Insignia) took our passports when we boarded but wanted nothing to do with the yellow vaccination cards, they told us to keep them.

 

I don't know if this varies among cruise lines, maybe it does, but this is what we experienced.

 

good luck, you'll love that cruise!

NW,

Nice to hear from a fellow Burqueno!  We are boarding HAL's Koningsdam on March the 15th for a 44 day South American cruise.  Our roll-call has been throwing around all sorts of info about the Yellow Fever vaccine.  My wife and I are going to skip it and it's not even available anywhere in our state.  Here is an email one of our fellow cruisers received from HAL:

 

"Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding the immunization requirements for your upcoming voyage.

At this time yellow fever vaccinations are no longer required. They are just highly recommended.   

For further vaccination information please go to: https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/faq.html;scroll to bottom of the website under Travel Resources, then click "Frequently Asked Questions" then "Cruise Preparation".  You will see questions regarding vaccinations as well as visas.  Please review the links provided to WHO/CDC.

Thank you for contacting Holland America Line. Please feel free to contact us if we may be of additional assistance or visit us online. We look forward to welcoming you onboard in the near future!

Kind Regards,


Holland America Line
U.S. and Canada: 877-724-5425
International: 206-286-3900
Mon-Fri  5am-7pm PST
Sat-Sun 6am-5pm PST

Savor The Journey"

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43 minutes ago, kelmac said:

NW,

Nice to hear from a fellow Burqueno!  We are boarding HAL's Koningsdam on March the 15th for a 44 day South American cruise.  Our roll-call has been throwing around all sorts of info about the Yellow Fever vaccine.  My wife and I are going to skip it and it's not even available anywhere in our state.  Here is an email one of our fellow cruisers received from HAL:

 

 

Yeah, we have to stick together, not many of us out there in the cruising world! Nice that you can skip it and HAL has provided that advice. Wish we had seen that before we went!

 

FYI, if you decide you need the YF shot, there is Passport Health on Louisiana that has it. But if you don't have to get it, save the money.

 

We will return to South America next January for a cruise around Antarctica--no issues with YF or mosquitoes there 😁

 

Enjoy your cruise, sounds great.

 

ML

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1 hour ago, NoWhiners said:

 

Yeah, we have to stick together, not many of us out there in the cruising world! Nice that you can skip it and HAL has provided that advice. Wish we had seen that before we went!

 

FYI, if you decide you need the YF shot, there is Passport Health on Louisiana that has it. But if you don't have to get it, save the money.

 

We will return to South America next January for a cruise around Antarctica--no issues with YF or mosquitoes there 😁

 

Enjoy your cruise, sounds great.

 

ML

Hi ML,

We called them (Passport Health) last week and they have run out of vaccine.  They didn't know when more would be available.

We love Oceania, so I'm sure your experience was something special.  

We live in a Condo in foothills off Candelaria.  No kids, pets or house plants -- just lock the door and off we go.

Enjoy your next cruise!

Kel😃

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On ‎12‎/‎31‎/‎2019 at 9:48 AM, Fear-the-turtle said:

That's exactly the scenario that scares me. I have a waiver signed by my physician, but I'm also going to consult a travel clinic. That's interesting the clinic wasn't concerned about side effects for those >60. Glad you had no problems. I read a Nov. 2019 article discussing severe side effects.

FWIW: Just now, Jan13, 2020, a fellow cruiser soon going  'round So. America contacted Holland-America, "...Wuzzup with Yellow Fever vaccination confusion,...etc. ?? Reply was, '....no longer required, but recommended'. If I was you, I'd call the Cruise line.

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4 minutes ago, LocoLoco1 said:

FWIW: Just now, Jan13, 2020, a fellow cruiser soon going  'round So. America contacted Holland-America, "...Wuzzup with Yellow Fever vaccination confusion,...etc. ?? Reply was, '....no longer required, but recommended'. If I was you, I'd call the Cruise line.

LL1,

Good verification, as that's the same info I posted up above in post #17.  We did a world cruise last February and got four different vaccines, but no one ever mentioned it onboard the Queen Victoria.  I think the same thing will happen on the Koningsdam.

 

Enjoy!

Kel

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2 hours ago, NoWhiners said:

Yeah, we have to stick together, not many of us out there in the cruising world!

Since I was the one who started this thread, I have to chime in and say, “I’m from ABQ, too!” Born and raised until I left in 1980 for my husband’s job. Fortunately I still have family there and can get my Mexican food fix and come home with fresh or frozen Hatch green chili. 
 

We both now have official YF waivers on the yellow immunization card plus a letter from the doctor at the travel health clinic explaining the waiver. That concern behind me, I’d like to see the protests in Santiago die down. 
 

Safe and happy travels to everyone on this thread,

Debbie

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18 hours ago, kelmac said:

Hi ML,

We called them (Passport Health) last week and they have run out of vaccine.  They didn't know when more would be available.

We love Oceania, so I'm sure your experience was something special.  

We live in a Condo in foothills off Candelaria.  No kids, pets or house plants -- just lock the door and off we go.

Enjoy your next cruise!

Kel😃

 

Wow, that is sort of shocking, but lucky for you! I was fine with not getting shots, pills, etc but DH thought why take the risk (and he paid 😊). I loved Oceania, much better than I thought it would be. Trying to find another O cruise....

 

My parents used to live up there many years ago, in some apartments and a friend from grad school had a house up there, until they moved to the other side of the mountains. Nice quiet spot but still close to things.

 

We have a dog but have a great house/dog-sitter. Not quite as simple as you but it works.

 

Enjoy your cruise too.

Mary Lynn

 

17 hours ago, Fear-the-turtle said:

Since I was the one who started this thread, I have to chime in and say, “I’m from ABQ, too!” Born and raised until I left in 1980 for my husband’s job. Fortunately I still have family there and can get my Mexican food fix and come home with fresh or frozen Hatch green chili. 
 

We both now have official YF waivers on the yellow immunization card plus a letter from the doctor at the travel health clinic explaining the waiver. That concern behind me, I’d like to see the protests in Santiago die down. 
 

Safe and happy travels to everyone on this thread,

Debbie

 

Wow, 3 of us just in this one thread, amazing! Love those Hatch chiles. We have lots of friends who live back east and think they know Mexican food and chile. We take them out here and they are shocked at the difference 😊

 

I haven't hard as much about the protests in Santiago; I hope they are done by the time you get there.

 

ML

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6 minutes ago, NoWhiners said:

We have lots of friends who live back east and think they know Mexican food and chile.

Haha, ML, I had to laugh with you. We lived in MD for 27 years and now NC. Everyone says, "oh try this Mexican place; you'll love it." And I never do. But I keep trying....constantly disappointed. Closest I came was Chuy's in Nashville; they had Hatch chile on the menu!

 

Best,

Debbie

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2 hours ago, Fear-the-turtle said:

Haha, ML, I had to laugh with you. We lived in MD for 27 years and now NC. Everyone says, "oh try this Mexican place; you'll love it." And I never do. But I keep trying....constantly disappointed. Closest I came was Chuy's in Nashville; they had Hatch chile on the menu!

 

Best,

Debbie

 

2 hours ago, NoWhiners said:

 

Mary Lynn

 

 

Wow, 3 of us just in this one thread, amazing! Love those Hatch chiles. We have lots of friends who live back east and think they know Mexican food and chile. We take them out here and they are shocked at the difference 😊

 

I haven't hard as much about the protests in Santiago; I hope they are done by the time you get there.

 

ML

Hi Debbie and Mary Lynn,

My wife and I go out to eat four or five times a week and most of the time it's for New Mexican food (red/green/Xmas).  We always have freezer full of Hatch Green.  Our favorites include Durans, Loyolas, Garcias, Monroes, Central Grill, and many, many more.

 Loyolas yesterday (It's the same place they film cafe scenes for Breaking Bad, Better call Sal, and the latest Messiah);  they now have dozens of shows filming in NM.  We have four big time studios and Netflix is moving in.  Starting to call this place "Tamalewood".  My wife (Lauren) will show up and do extra-parts from time to time, the last one was for Deputy.  

 

Debbie, I too was raised in ABQ; where did you live and what High School did you attend? I went to Rio for HS, Highlands/NMTech and UNM for my masters.  My wife and I are both retired teachers and she taught at Cibola/Eldorado and I taught at Rio/Manzano and UNM.

Enjoy!

Kelly

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