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MOMTURNING50 02-14-2006 08:48 AM

Thoughts on Hepatitis A and B vaccinations? which are recommended, but not required, when traveling to the Caribbean. My ports of call are St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Princess Cays.

Cruise Fanatic 02-14-2006 10:13 AM

In 25 years of cruising to the Caribbean I have never gotten shots or pills. I have ate food and drinks in the islands. If you are concerned, drink bottled water and just follow the general guidelines of not eating raw, undercooked food etc. These islands are visited every week by all the major cruiselines. I have not heard of any problems.

commander rob 02-16-2006 05:38 PM

I followed all those rules and boy did I every get sick in Mexico once. Just got back an hour ago from our Hep A/B shots. True enough, we have been going to the Caribbean for years and never a problem. I do not really think you need them if you are eating and drinking on the cruise ships, but we decided to do it anyway. Even at home and at some of the finer restaurants you are getting outbreaks of Hep. We thought it was about time we protected ourselves, so why not use the cruise as an excuse to finally get on with it. Now according to our doctor, after the final 6 month follow up for A, we should be good for life. B could require a booster after 7 to 10 years. As a parting note: I work with a guy who has blood like alphabet soup, got Hep ABC and HIV, and given what he goes through, you do not want to get the hep. The only sting is to the pocket book.

weweresad2 03-05-2006 06:58 PM

My wife and I are taking an eastern Caribbean cruise for twelve nights this month.We have been getting a needle once a week for the last three weeks against this Hepatitis A and B.Our final needles will be after another six months.Personally I would not want anything to ruin our vacation and am NOT taking chances.I hear that you can get it just by swimming.The cost was $170.00 cad each for the first three shots and then approximately $70.00 each for the last one. This covers you for many years.Luckily for us , this is covered through my wife's medical insurance(Although I would of paid for it if I had no choice)

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