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Jan 30th, 2010, 08:21 AM
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>I didn't boil the water.<

You must be a daft American then. A Brit would never make that mistake.

They really should teach you people to make a proper tea.

Carry on.

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Jan 30th, 2010, 08:33 AM
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Unless you are planning on unprotected sex, blood to blood contacts, intravenous drug use or something similar I wouldn't bother with a Hep B jab.
Hep A yes, that you are far more likely to get, almost anywhere.
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Jan 30th, 2010, 08:47 AM
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After picking up 'something' in Konya I found my stash of
Imodium to be very helpful. Very.
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Jan 30th, 2010, 09:15 AM
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"You must be a daft American then. A Brit would never make that mistake. They really should teach you people to make a proper tea."

Love ya, Thin!
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Jan 30th, 2010, 10:13 AM
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I am a daft American, don't boil water and use those silly tea bags.

But I learned my lesson!
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Jan 30th, 2010, 03:53 PM
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Cipro or doxycycline( which I find easier on the stomach) are excellent for bouts of food poisoning. I speak from too much experience, not all of it confined to Turkey. I think much of the problem is due to the stresses of travel- different time zones, water and food. Some people like Thin, are very brave and/or lucky, and can tolerate it. Others ( like me!!) not so much.
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Jan 30th, 2010, 07:06 PM
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>Some people like Thin, are very brave and/or lucky, and can tolerate it. Others ( like me!!) not so much<

I am not brave nor lucky. I do my homework. Istanbul is a modern, European city.

I have travelled all over SE Asia. I would tape my mouth shut with electrical tape when I was in the shower in India because I was terrified of accidentally swallowing water.

I would never drink the water in India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, or China. Wouldn't even brush my teeth with it.

If I was going to any of these countries for over a month and wasn't staying in luxury hotels with air conditioning, I certainly would get shots and take anti-maleria medication.

But Istanbul is not Siem Riep.

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Jan 31st, 2010, 05:24 AM
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We traveled throughout the western and southern part of Turkey last fall, including 5 days in Istanbul at the end. I drank tap water everywhere I went and did end up with a slight stomach "bug", acquired somewhere outside of Istanbul. It wasn't major and cipro took care of it. I had already had the hepatitis shots for a previous trip (not to Turkey)and had I not had them, I wouldn't have gotten them for Turkey. I do, however, take cipro with me when I travel, just in case...
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Jan 31st, 2010, 12:52 PM
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It's you who has no idea how to make tea. Tea water should never boil. Optimal temperature for making tea is 190 deg.
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Jan 31st, 2010, 12:58 PM
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I love this board.

It's funny how a thread about immunizations can morph into a debate about the proper way to make tea. You all are great, carry on.
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Feb 4th, 2010, 03:07 AM
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Still, I would get the Hep A vaccine. In fact, you can pick up Hep A in a lot of places not just developing countries. It is not something to get as an older person as it can be severe.

If you are a traveler, why not protect yourself?

Hep B is less likely as it is transmitted through blood. In children however it is highly contagious thus the addition to the immunization schedule for children.

Hep A is transmittd via the fecal oral route (sorry) and you can get it from someone preparing your food who doesn't wash their hands or from contaminated water or seafood. It is resistant to freezing, and you would have to boil water to kill it, and it is highly contagious.

Highest priority for most Americans over 50 is to get a Tetanus booster as most are long past due.

Happy and healthy travels.

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Feb 4th, 2010, 03:10 AM
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Forgot to mention you need to get the Hep A at least 10 days before travel to ensure protection. The booster should be 6-12 months later.
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Feb 4th, 2010, 04:57 AM
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Sorry, Thin. But I did my homework, too. And since I trust our doctor, I took his recommendations for shots and Cipro.
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Feb 4th, 2010, 05:52 AM
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I was in Turkey last year and did not get any extra vaccinations and had absolutely no problems at all. Not that it would hurt to get vaccinations if your doctor suggests it, but I agree that Istanbul is a very modern city.

With that being said, we did not drink the tap water. Our hotel provided bottles of water in our room, free of charge, that we used for drinking and to brush our teeth.

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Feb 4th, 2010, 06:01 AM
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We've had our Hep A and B and will get the 2nd dose in 3 weeks..The final dose when we return to Canada after the turkish trip and 10 day cruise on to Marseille in May. Imodium is good but Lomotil is better. Common sense is the best in all cases. Love this thread..tea??? to boil or not to boil??? Also I carry a small water bottle that has a filter as I once (long ago) saw water bottles being filled at gas station in Puerta Vallarta while they topped off the air tanks for scuba at the tire pump??? We were on the way to a dive (under water site that is)!!! Never again!!! Although I am sure this is not the case now.
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Feb 4th, 2010, 06:24 AM
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>If you are a traveler, why not protect yourself?<

I am NOT telling people not to protect themselves whilst travelling.

I am telling people that they don't have to get immunizations JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO ISTANBUL.

I don't see you, Gruezi, encouraging people to get Hep A and B shots because they are visiting the Vatican Museum next month.

Couldn't someone get Hep B from eating at a diner in Mrytle Beach? Yet, I don't see Fodorites asking if they should get immunization for a beach holiday at the Carolina Shore.

The OP's original post INFERS that she has to get all kinds of shots because Turkey isn't as "clean" as the US or Canada or England.

American Fodorites would scoff and ridicule if a Frenchman posted a thread on this site about getting immunizations for a trip to NYC for 10 days.

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Feb 4th, 2010, 06:35 AM
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No someone couldn't get Hep B from dinner at Myrtle beach. Hep A yes, but Hep B no. At least not at any dinner I'm likely to attend.

Hep A immunisation is recommended for Istanbul, as it is for most of southern Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico. Most people don't bother but that doesn't mean there is no risk.
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Feb 4th, 2010, 10:18 AM
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Actually thin, Hep A has endemic areas in Italy too....

I honestly think any global traveler should get Hep A. The world is a very small place these days and you never the health status of the person making your salad.

Sorry Thin. You know I love you, but, this happens to be my area of expertise. I'm a nurse, and I work for a pharmaceutical that specializes in travel vaccines. I read study after study on hepatitis A and B. Since Turkey is a country with intermediate Hep A endemicity, it is recommended for those traveling from the US where endemicity is low, to protect themselves with a vaccine.

I am not making some kind of anti-Turk statement here. Just a simple health recommendation. Yes, Istanbul may be every bit as modern as Myrtle Beach, (seriously who would go there over Istanbul, but I digress) but still have endemic Hep A.

Also, there are places in Italy (not the Vatican as far as I know) where hepatitis A has emerged as a public health issue. The government has had to implement universal Hep A vaccination in these areas in recent years.

Respectfully yours and Gesundheit,

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Feb 4th, 2010, 03:06 PM
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My travel Dr. gave me azithromycn for zithromax 250 mg. 6 tabs-take for 3 days. I had a stomach problem in Cancun this last Dec and am I glad I had them. My husband has steel intestines and didn't need his. I was glad to have them.
I learned my lesson from the year before in Madeira-got some food poisioning & had to see a Dr there.
Have a wonderful holiday-Istanbul is magical-I wish I could go in your suitcase. Chrissie
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Feb 4th, 2010, 04:03 PM
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Not sure where you are located, but there is a single vaccine against both hepA and HepB. Ask about it.
And if you truly want immunity for your trip, do NOT wait to get it in country - it takes time for the immune response to develop.
HepA is nowhere near as serious as hepB - comments about liver transplant are dramarama to the max. Not saying it isn't good sense to get immunized, but that's just on general principle, not because of a trip to Istanbul.

Thinny - doubt a Myrtle Beach diner poses much risk for hepB, but I know a couple places in South Beach...
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