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#438198 05/17/12 12:34 PM
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we have been recommended to get vaccinations for Hep B, Hep A and Typhoid for a vacation we are going on. Does anyone have experience or knowledge of where these can be obtained in Belize. Thanks

CayeMarie #438202 05/17/12 01:03 PM
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Yes you can get Hep A and Hep B vaccinations - I think Hep B is a series of 2 or maybe even 3 shots spread out over a few weeks.

I don't think you will be able to get the typhoid vaccination but you can check with your local clinic or doctor.

I know in San Pedro we had the hepatitis vaccinations and I am pretty sure Belize doesn't import the typhoid.

CayeMarie #438223 05/17/12 03:29 PM
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I think I got a typhiod vaccination at BMA long time ago -- pretty sure I had to go to a pediatrician to get it.

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Thanks so much for the information.

CayeMarie #438228 05/17/12 04:10 PM
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"Adults getting hepatitis B vaccine require 3 doses - with the second dose given 4 weeks after the first and the third dose 5 months after the second."

Reference: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-hep-b.pdf


"HEP A - For travelers, it is best to start the vaccine series at least one month before traveling. (Some protection may still result if the vaccine is given on or closer to the travel date.) Two doses of the vaccine are needed for lasting protection. These doses should be given at least 6 months apart.

Some people who cannot get the vaccine before traveling, or for whom the vaccine might not be effective, can get a shot called immune globulin (IG). IG gives immediate, temporary protection."

Reference: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-hep-a.pdf

Note: Immune globulin or Gamma Globulin is unlikely to be avaliable on the island...and I would start these in the States to gain the partial immunity as the likelyhood of these being readily availble in Belize is a good question

CayeMarie #438238 05/17/12 05:42 PM
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GG is cool stuff - HUGE needle, goopy liquid - those babies hurt, but at least they don't make you sick.

The yellow fever and cholera are the real pips. You may need to have somebody drive you home from the doctor cause you can get the feva in under an hour. Given my experience with the shots, I'd say they must be worth it - if the disease is worse (than the vaccinations) no wonder it kills you.

CayeMarie #438239 05/17/12 05:45 PM
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OH yes, now that we've made the needle-phobes freak out, may I wish you - BON VOYAGE!

Where the heck are you going Marie - I hope it's a safari in Africa or an adventure in the darkest parts of Borneo or something equally thrilling? Well worth the injections ---



CayeMarie #438242 05/17/12 06:25 PM
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We are going to Bali and those are the three that are recommended as well as a flu shot. Some say not necessary but like to be on the safe side.

CayeMarie #438246 05/17/12 06:48 PM
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Funny, to come TO Belize from the US, the Travel Clinic we went to recommended Hep A/B (series of three), Typhoid (we took pills rather than shots), and malaria. We did the Hepatitis series but skipped malaria.


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CayeMarie #438259 05/17/12 08:43 PM
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Jes, I didn't have any of these shots. I guess I was just luck these 20 + years I've been living amongst these diseased lots.
Seriously folks that crap isn't healthy for you and for sure not necessary, think twice before you inject some foreign crap in your body needlessly.


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