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I think that it is advisable to have the yellow fever Jab.Our Travel Agent Strongly advised us to have it.
We were about 60 when we had ours we had no ill effects .It cost about £35 each and it should last about 10 years.Don't know exactly were you are going but you should remember some of the Latin Countries are 3rd world.
Thank you for your reply it was very much appreciated.
We are not trained medical staff - we are a motley crew of travel agents and cruise fans - please take advise from your doctor.
I am sorry if my question upset you I truly was not after medical advice.
Hi, we had yellow fever jabs this year, my husband was 64 and i was 53. like you we were very concerned and tried to get answeres on side affects and didn't get much help not even from our doctor. in the end we thought we would just have to hope for the best. niether of us had any side affects whatsoever, not even a sore arm however, we were both in could health anyway and i think you have to consider the implications of not having the jab. good luck.
To be honest I was worried by this too, we are on the Latin Caribbean Cruise, my mother is in her 80's and I have young children, the Island Brochure (small print at the back) states ' No vaccinations are required for any of the destinations visited in this brochure however there is an increased risk of malaria in Columbia and Costa rica'
Our local travel nurse advised us that the yellow fever jab is not recommended for people with reduced immune function, the over 60's or under 12's, yellow fever is found in columbia on the border with Ecuador and inland in the Bogotá area only, Cartagena and the Caribbean coast of columbia is not infected.
Anti malaria tablets are country specific so for costa rica and columbia we would need to take 2 lots of anti malaria tablets to cover both these areas, (incidently, the tablets for columbia are only available on prescription) we were told that the malaria risk is low in coastal or beach areas, there is increased risk in inland jungle or river areas and there are no insects at all at sea, I was told that most Caribbean cruise passengers prefer a good insect replant containing 50% deet
Dengue fever (dengie fever) another tropical illness that is spread by insects is a risk all over the Caribbean there is no vaccination or tablets available against this so using insect repellent is still highly advisable weather you've had jabs/anti malarial courses or not
IMO Low risk is still a risk, We've had great advice from our local practise nurse anyone worried by this should do likewise.
I hope this helps