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Old 03-03-2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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Need vaccines for Panama Canal?

We're going on the PC westbound in May. Do you think we need any vaccines? I can't find a mention of this on the Disney website. Just wondering if anybody has really gotten malaria or yellow fever while on a PC cruise in recent years. I'm not paranoid, but I don't want to take any chances with diseases like that! Thoughts?
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We're going on the PC westbound in May. Do you think we need any vaccines? I can't find a mention of this on the Disney website. Just wondering if anybody has really gotten malaria or yellow fever while on a PC cruise in recent years. I'm not paranoid, but I don't want to take any chances with diseases like that! Thoughts?
Here is the link to the CDC's "Traveler's Health" web site; you can check the suggested immunizations and health alerts for wherever you might be traveling to:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
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I've done it twice, never had any special vaccines.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:22 AM   #4
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Never had to get any extra shots for the repositioning Panama Canal cruise. But, I was ineligible to donate blood for one year after our Carribean cruise with a stop in Mexico.

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We just did the EBPC in December and I was expecting to not be able to donate blood when I returned, but based on our stops, I had was cleared to donate, no problem. After a previous cruise with different stops in Mexico, I was deferred from donating for a year.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:02 AM   #6
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Cartagena and Panama are within the region where Yellow Fever vaccine is recommended, but not required. Hepatitis A and B vaccines are also recommended. These are all according to the above link to the CDC travel site.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:21 AM   #7
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My doctor told me no vaccines needed since most of the time is on the ship. If I was going to play in the jungle maybe some malaria pills.
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In terms of vaccines, traveling on a ship really isn't considered "traveling" into a country. Even if you're getting off the ship and shopping around a port they usually won't recommend anything.
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