Going to Egypt - what vaccinations


Feb 23rd, 2005, 05:57 AM
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Going to Egypt - what vaccinations

Am traveling to Egypt next month and have heard mixed opinions of what vaccinations I need to take before going. We will be traveling in a tour where breakfast will be served at the hotel and we will need to find our own places to eat for lunch & dinner. The main spots on the trip are Alexandria, Luxor, Cairo, Sharm, Aswan and Abu Simbel. We will also be doing a 5 night cruise.

Based on our plans, what pills/shots should we definitely take before we go? Iíve heard malaria is not common, and itís not worth taking pills for it. What about Hep A/B? Those are the ones Iíve heard varying messages about. Any feedback from those who have gone and your experiences/thoughts would be of great help! Thanks.
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Feb 23rd, 2005, 06:57 AM
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Taia - For travel anywhere, including your home country it is just a good idea to be curent on certain inoculations, namely:

Tetanus - in case you fall on dirty wood
Hep A - against blood and/or water borne diseases - this can occur anywhere including a food handler not washing their hands when leaving the bathroom. Good for 10-years.
Hep B - blood borne and usually recommended against unwise sexual contact while traveling; ofter suggested for Peace Corp, NGOs planning to be in foreign lands 6-months or longer. Though these days there is a combination A/B called Twinex.
Hep A - taken as two shots, the second 6-months to a year after first. Good for 10-years.
Polio - Unless you're very young, the Polio inoc you had as a child will have worn off. Good idea to have a Polio booster. Will last the rest of your life.

But like all meds and inoculations you should discuss this with your own medical professional in line with your own health history.
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Feb 23rd, 2005, 07:08 AM
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Our travel clinic (and the CDC) also recommended typhoid vaccine. It comes as an oral vaccine (4 doses), which lasts 5 years, or an injectable vaccine, which lasts 2 years. Anti-malarials are not recommended for the tour you are taking (same as ours). The website for the CDC is: http://www.cdc.gov/travel/nafrica.htm You should also take with you medications for travel diarrhea, which is quite common. We take immodium and Lomotil, as well as Pepto Bismol. For diarrhea lasting more than 24 hours, we take Cipro. We also take packets of electrolyte drinks to restore electrolyte balance after G.I.illness. We always hope not to need any of it, but would rather be prepared than spoil the trip (or worse).
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