Travel shots and Malaria pills - are you taking them?
Posted 29 January 2010 - 11:14 AM
I'm going to make an appointment with a travel nurse soon, but I was curious what other people's thoughts were as well, especially if you've been to the region before. I know Malaria can be an issue in Punta Cana, but I've had friends who have had some disturbing side effects from the pills.
So what are you doing?
Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:06 PM
Honestly, if you are careful with what you're eating, you will be fine. Try avoiding anything you can't peel or that isn't fully cooked... lots of times when people get sick, it's from alcohol too!
Hope this helps, and remember Immodium is your friend!
Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:17 PM
Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:03 PM
Otherwise I am probably getting the Dukerol vaccine - just cause it would suck majorly to get travellers diareeha (sp?) during your wedding... Also would get the hepatitis shots, but I think I already have them.
Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:40 PM
That being said, I was told to take Dukerol (which isn't actually a vaccine I don't think, but a drink that you've got to take a couple times before leaving) and the then Cipro which is a pill form that you have to get prescribed at the clinic.
So needless to say, I will be dosing up on both of those this time around because I definitely do NOT want to go through that again! We've also suggested it to some family members who have other health problems as a consideration for their own comfort, but we have plenty of friends who won't be taking anything. I've also had the twinrix vaccinations but it was in part due to other travel, not just to the Caribbean.
And another food to avoid is dairy that doesn't come in a sealed container. So a yogurt in a sealed cup is okay, but out in an unmarked big bowl maybe not so okay. Their rules for pasteurizing are different than ours so it can cause our bodies problems.
One site you can use to find out more specifics for your area is: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which was recommended by the doctor at my travel clinic.
Posted 29 January 2010 - 03:58 PM
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