Vaccinations Before Traveling

I am debating whether or not to get a flu shot and/or other vaccines before my upcoming Caribbean Cruise and Panama Canal Cruise.  Do you get any vaccines before traveling? 

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We did before our last cruise. We asked our doctor and the recommended were to have the hepatitis A & B (Twinrix) , typhoid paratyphoid, With some of these you need a booster from time to time but with others once you have the vaccination you are usually good. If in doubt it is always best to ask your family doctor. Good info on what risks and vaccinations for which islands can be found here

Good info - thanks! I have an appt scheduled with my dr before I go

I would check with your doctor at your appointment and see what they recommend. I typically don't get any before my cruises but your doc can advise you best!

I get a flu shot every year. However, it is best to check with your family doctor at least two months prior to the cruise in case something you need takes time to kick in.

In Canada, check with Health and Welfare Canada and External Affairs in case you are thinking of going someplace where there are health alerts.

Better safe than sorry.....

Although I take them anyway, I just went ahead and got a flu shot as a precaution. Germs and viruses run amok on cruise ships.

I've never had the flu shot and I've even cruised while pregnant...

The Twinrix for Hep A & Hep B is given in 3 doses. The first 2 30 days apart and should be before you leave and the third 6 months later (can be after the trip) but once you have it you are good

I always check the CDC travel page to see if any of our destinations have a public health issue going on. As a rule, we get the flu and pneumonia vaccines annually.

When I traveled to South Africa a few years ago, the flight stopped (briefly) in Senegal. Because of a 45 minute layover during which we did not have to even get off the plane, we had to get yellow fever vaccines in order to enter South Africa. Moral of the story - it isn't always your destinations that determine required vaccinations. Be careful to check and note that recommended vaccines are not required. Mandatory vaccines definitely are. Don't jeopardize your entire vacation by ignoring the details.

Regarding Panama -

We always get a flu shot because it's been a requirement with our jobs. We've never cruised anywhere that suggests extra immunizations.

No, I've never gotten shots before travel. I also have never gotten a flu shot. So far so good.


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