Feb 22nd, 2006, 04:06 AM
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I have read that shots are required before traveling to Egypt. HEP A; HEP B and Typhoid. Are these health concerns, or precautions? Are these shots mandatory?
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 06:33 AM
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The shot aren't mandatory, but it's a good idea, regardless whether you travel or stay at home, to be current on certain inoculations (most of which we haven't had since childhood).

Hep-A is a water and air borne disease and as easily gotten in your home country or if traveling. It's two shots, the second given 6/mo to 1-yr after the first and will last 10-years. Tetatnus which is good for dirt in open wounds, a single inoculation - also lasts for 10-years. A Polio booster is recommened and should last the rest of your life.

It just makes sense to stay healthy wherever you are. It's just as likely that the chef in the finest restaurant doesn't wash hands when leaving the lav and you can get Hep A.

Hep B is blood borne and unless you're planning on unsafe sex wherever or will be in-country in rural areas with locals - working for Peace Corp or an NGO, isn't really necessary.

So, discuss with your physician in order to make the decision that is appropriate with your own personal health situation.
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