Nov 30th, 1999, 08:02 AM
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We are going on am Egyptian trip and Nile cruise in April 2000 and also to Jordan. Our question is what shots do we have to have? It seems that all the doctors tell you is far to many shots so they will be covered in case anything happens but we really want to know the vital ones. Don't want to look like a pin cushion.
On your trips or trips did you find that many people got sick?

Thanks, Bill
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Nov 30th, 1999, 01:23 PM
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Have you checked the CDC recommendations? They have a website with each country and the recommended shots.
We went to Morocco and had none of the recommended shots - with no ill effects. Of course, we weren't anywhere near a river with its associated parasites or bugs, so I'd concentrate more on what's required for that than anything else.
We also contacted a doctor who was a specialist in overseas immunization (I called the local AMA for a name) and he gave us the down-and-dirty list. You might try that...
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Nov 30th, 1999, 02:44 PM
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Check, then the travel advisory info. They list countries and the recommended shots and precautions. Read carefully and prepare early.
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Nov 30th, 1999, 10:22 PM
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For Egypt and Jordan the usual tetanus, hepatitis A and B will do (information from our travel clinic). You don't need to take the terrible anti-malaria drugs since in that period it is so extremely dry that you won't see any mosquito.
If you are careful with what you eat and drink (only bottled water, also for toothbrushing) you can even escape from diarrhea. We have been on a Nile cruise in March and no one on our ship got sick.
Have a nice trip.
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Dec 3rd, 1999, 05:07 AM
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My husband and I went to Egypt abotu four years ago. We did not have any shots prior to going and came back okay. Just be careful with the food and water and drink only bottled water. You might want to get a prescription for anti-diarrhea medication though. While we were careful, at one point, we did get awfully sick. I would also advise you to bring some crackers. We also got hit with heat stroke (it can just come up on you even if you think you're drinking enough water). It made us really nauseous and to attempt to tell a shp stweard that you want some dry toast was just too much for us.
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