Expats getting shots for the following?

johne

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The DR news has quite a lengthy list of illnesses and the associated data for 2019. Among them are dengue, leptospirosis,cholera and 5 more.
What are your experiences in getting preventative shots. I'm traveling down later this month for an extended stay and I'm thinking of contacting my doctor this week to seek his advise.
 

malko

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I have had 0 shots...... and will not get any anytime soon.....
But i guess it depends on your age, health and many other factors.....
 

johne

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I have had 0 shots...... and will not get any anytime soon.....
But i guess it depends on your age, health and many other factors.....
I have a 20 year history with the DR and never had shots for what is on that list other than tetanus. I was thinking of time on the golf course since most of my shots go into the rough. Lol.
 

william webster

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I have had the tetanus and the tropical disease ones - malaria etc, I suppose

They do not need to be updated that often
 

windeguy

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No shots for dengue....

https://www.cdc.gov/dengue/prevention/dengue-vaccine.html

None for someone my age, but there is something new for Dengue that is "pending".

Dengue Vaccine in the United States
In May 2019, Dengvaxia® was approvedexternal icon by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States for use in children 9-16 years old living in an area where dengue is common (the US territories of American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands), with laboratory confirmed prior dengue virus infection.
 

tripp789

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https://www.cdc.gov/dengue/prevention/dengue-vaccine.html

None for someone my age, but there is something new for Dengue that is "pending".

Dengue Vaccine in the United States
In May 2019, Dengvaxia[emoji2400] was approvedexternal icon by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States for use in children 9-16 years old living in an area where dengue is common (the US territories of American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands), with laboratory confirmed prior dengue virus infection.

I recently checked on Dengue shots. Not only just for kids but they have to have had it before.


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CristoRey

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I recently checked on Dengue shots. Not only just for kids but they have to have had it before.


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No shots (fired) in 18 years.
Dengue twice in 8 years.
Survival of the fittest.
 

beeza

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I grew up in Central Africa and had to have the cholera shot every six months. I hated it. My arm would swell up and hurt like hell for a week afterwards. Although malaria was the one we had to watch out for. Such a simple disease to treat, but deadly if you don't.

I'm not in any rush for the cholera shot here. Dengue is no picnic and would go for the shot if proven to be effective. I've had it once and read that subsequent episodes get worse as you don't build up immunity to it.
 

tripp789

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So those shots would be different in the DR?

I don’t believe so. Dengue is dengue everywhere I think. The vaccine is just effective on 9-16 yo’s that have already had dengue once.


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bob saunders

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TB, Cholera, Tetanus, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis. I took Malaria pills while in Ethiopia during 1987 famine relief. I stopped taking them like most of us due to the side effects.
 

Cdn_Gringo

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The advice is simple. If you wish to limit the chances of getting a particular disease, get a vaccine. Consult a travel medicine doctor to determine what you are at risk for during the time of year you plan to travel. Whether you come in contact with any disease is largely not up to you.

I would suggest, HEP A & B, a tetanus booster if you are due and Typhoid Fever. If you are going to be anywhere near the Haitian border, something for malaria might be prudent. No matter where you are, try to avoid mosquito bites as best you can. It's the rainy season currently, and the little buggers are everywhere. The DR is currently experiencing issues with mosquito borne illnesses in particular Dengue with an elevated number cases scattered over a wide area of the island.

Don't swap spit and other fluids with the locals. HIV is an issue in the population here and more so in Haiti. I read a report that indicated 1 in 10 could be HIV positive in some densely populated urban areas. I have no doubt other STDs are abundant.
 
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Caonabo

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TB, Cholera, Tetanus, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis. I took Malaria pills while in Ethiopia during 1987 famine relief. I stopped taking them like most of us due to the side effects.

Did you experience "the dreams" with the Malaria pills? Yes, they are very scary side effects indeed.