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Cruises and Vaccinations

Visiting unfamiliar places, let alone a number of different ports, can often leave you vulnerable to contracting an infection. Although transmission is relatively rare on cruises, its best to know the correct precautions to take to help you prevent this.

What vaccinations do I need for a cruise holiday?

You should only need to update vaccinations if you're spending considerable time on shore. Vaccinations differ from country to country so you should take a full trip itinerary to the doctors with you.

Possible vaccinations you may need include rabies, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, tetanus and, in some cases, the yellow fever vaccination. If you're elderly or have a pre-existing medical condition such as diabetes you may need to get a flu vaccine, as being in such close quarters with thousands of other people can help to spread the virus. Above all, we always recommend that before you set sail you consult your GP for their medical opinion.

While no one wants anything to happen to them while they're on holiday, it's always a good precaution to take out cruise travel insurance to ensure that you're covered for the whole of your stay and are protected in the event of medical treatment when travelling.

How long before I travel do I need vaccinations?

You should see your doctor 6-8 weeks before you travel so that you have enough time to get vaccinated. You may need more than one dose of a particular vaccine and it could take as long as 10 days for vaccination to start giving you full protection.

Do I need vaccinations for a South Pacific cruise?

You should have diphtheria, tetanus and hepatitis vaccinations before travelling to the South Pacific.

Can you contract malaria in the Caribbean?

Most countries in the Caribbean are vaccine-free, but Haiti and the Dominican Republic have a malaria risk. You should see your doctor to establish whether you need to take anti-malarial medication.

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