Vaccinations

Old Aug 10th, 2007, 09:52 AM
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Vaccinations

I'm wondering if you need any certain vaccinations before entering Turkey? In searching websites I didn't see any mandatory vaccinations just recommendations and precautionary measures. Do you need to take documents of your personal updated vaccinations(medical records) that you've already had prior to travel or as a child? Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Old Aug 10th, 2007, 10:02 AM
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definitive answer:

Turkish Tourist office:

NY 212-687-2194; www.tourismturkey.org

i doubt if any special ones are required but if they are you may need ones that meet the requirement on an International Health Certificate or whatever they call it now.

You can also contact a major hospital, especially a University Hospital as they often have an International Travelers Vaccination centre and can give advise.
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Old Aug 10th, 2007, 11:48 AM
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The Dutch health authorities recommend (but they are not compulsory :
DTP, HepA and depending on where you are going, between May and October anti malarials.
HepB is recommended for longer stays, and possibly a typhus jab.
You really need to talk to a doctor who specialises in travel and can recommend the right jabs for you.

Lets face it DTP and Hep A are jabs that are needed practically everywhere so they should always be kept up to date.
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Old Aug 10th, 2007, 02:31 PM
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Our travel doctor in NYC gave us typhoid shots and Hep A. Also asked specifically what areas we were traveling in, since there are some isolated hot spots for malaria.
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Old Aug 14th, 2007, 11:05 PM
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We did NO vaccinations for Turkey and they are not mandatory. We had no problems and were not the least bit worried in this area.

I think this is a good article to read on the topic of vaccinations for over seas as there are consequences with vaccinations as I know some who have had life threatening challenges with them, so much thought should be put into them and this choice:

http://www.mothering.com/articles/gr.../overseas.html

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Old Aug 15th, 2007, 12:02 AM
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Apart from Yellow Fever all vaccinations are only advisory not compulsory.
Lots of people go without vaccinations, but an increasing number of people are returning with Hep A as a result. I would rather have two jabs a few months apart than risk Hep A ruining my life.
Likewise the statement in the article about Malaria is downright stupid. Even with care to avoid mosquito bites, which you take anyway, you can and will get bitten. And it only takes one bite. Malaria can kill, even if you are safely back in your US hospital. Better to swallow a few tablets surely?
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I would suggest that anytime you have questions that you seek a knowledgable physician. However, the CDC website is better than a physician who is not knowledgable about specific risks. Malaria is an example. Only specific regions of Turkey have malaria. The CDC site is very helpful for recent updates. Most ID MDs use this sight as a very up to date resource.
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I totally agree with travelbunny. Check out the CDC website, then look for a knowledgeable travel specialist in your area.
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