glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Would You Be Interested in a Norovirus Vaccine?

Although there is no commercial vaccine available today for the norovirus, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company is investigating just such a vaccine. Trails are in progress now.   It would cut symptoms at least half or more and hopefully might be effective for more than a season. There are no real side affects except possible soreness at the injection site.  (Others are testing a nasal spray.)   If you were planning an ocean cruise, would you be interested in taking such a vaccine when available perhaps within a few years?

Here's a link for more information:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/812143

 

 

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JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

For a short cruise I would not bother with it,   but if I was doing 30 days or longer I would give it a try.   I would also consider it if I was doing a lot of cruises in a year.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

How would you know if it worked ?

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I agree.i would not do it for a 7-day cruise but might for a longer cruise.

 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Trials so far have suggested that it is 60% effective. They hope to improve the success to 80%.   There are many different strains like the flu.  The vaccines do include several strains - the ones most likely to cause illness.  They exposed the test group to the virus.  They give half the vaccine; the other half get a  placebo.  Then they see who comes down with the virus and who does not.  What they found so far is that if the vaccinated person did come down with the virus, it was a much milder case.  In fact, there is evidence that the nasal pray works better.  Studies are going on all around the world - US, UK, Germany and Japan.  I am keeping my fingers crossed.  So far I have never caught the virus while on a cruise.  People in nursing homes, infants in day care, hospital patients and even military personnel are more vulnerable to the virus as well as those in schools and on cruise ships. 

You, yourself might not know if it worked.  You may not come down with the illness because you weren't exposed to it.  But if you came down with a severe case you would know that it didn't work.  A milder case means that it did help you. 

We will have to see what happens in larger trials of humans. 

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JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Sounds like I would have also used the vaccine when I used to take the sub way to the office.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

What I would be interested in is seeing everyone on a cruise ship educated and adherent as to good hand washing technique.  Norovirus or the need for a vaccine would be a non-issue if people observed hygienic hand washing.

It literally sickens me when I see people walk out of a bathroom and directly into the dining areas without washing their hands... and they also walk right past the disinfection crew.  I don't know why it is so difficult for some people to take a couple extra minutes to wash and dry their hands after using the toilet.... really? 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Having trouble with the website today.  This is my full response which did not go through the first time...

As you point out, the issue of norovirus goes well beyond the cruise line industry. Development of a vaccine for anything that poses a significant health risk is progress in the right direction.  

On the point of cruise ships, what I would be interested in is seeing everyone educated and adherent to good hand washing technique.  Norovirus or the need for a vaccine would be less of an issue if people observed hygienic hand washing practices.

This is a major issue and it literally makes me physically ill (NPI) when I see people walk out of a bathroom and directly into the dining areas without washing their hands... and they also walk right past the disinfection crew. It isn't just a couple people, it is way too many.  I do not understand why it is so difficult for so many people to take a couple extra minutes to wash and dry their hands after using the toilet.... really? We often avoid the cafe-style dining areas as a result of seeing too many people doing this. 

I wish there was a way to video people walking from their bathroom stall, right past the sink, and into the cafeteria (without invading their privacy).  Playing this back for people at the safety briefing would certainly raise awareness. Infection control is most definitely part of ship safety and requires more focused and serious attention. Right now, it's getting lip service at best.

For our upcoming trip, I am considering bringing a few pairs of disposable gloves with me so I can wear them before handling utensils on the cafe line.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Everyone should be exposed to the Washy,Washy  song from NCL before they cruise.

http://youtu.be/8WoMjj9ejaQ

MrChocoholic
Contributor Level: Captain

I absolutely am interested in this vaccine--as an investor in pharma companies. Already I can see some mainstream cruise line offering a first-day injection special down in the ship's hospital--turning THAT space into a moneymaker. Would I incorporate it into my cruise preparations? Nope. Because I know about norovirus and how to prevent it from entering my body, I have some control over the probability of that happening. Certainly one can wear a surgical mask covering nose and face for the duration of a cruise (as I've seen some people do--Asians, actually) but I haven't seen any data correlating a cruise's duration with increasing probability of contracting norovirus. Besides, there is a variety other diseases one can catch on a cruise, especially in ports of call, why worry only about one? So many illnesses--such little time! 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

You are funny!  But, it is true, you might need it for that too.  But, by now, perhaps you have built up an immunity to it. 

 

 

 

 

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