Vaccinations? – General Travel Questions Dominican Republic – Debbie's Carribean Reviews Forums

jackatak 2010-03-05 22:47:58 UTC #1

Another question… lol

We leave in about 3 weeks. Are there any vaccinations I need specifically for the D.R.? We got our vacs done for Mexico a year ago December, but not sure if there are other risks that we should be aware of?

Thanks for your help

hlywud 2010-03-05 22:56:16 UTC #2

That is between you and your doctor, they know your health better than any of us.

On a side note I have been 31 times to the DR and never have taken anything except a tetanus booster shot which was due anyway.

Spunky 2010-03-06 04:08:42 UTC #3

H1N1 and seasonal Flu vaccinations so you won’t kill the local kids who have no immunity. Free in Canada.

Other than that, some doctors suggest Malaria meds for certain areas and Twin-Rix for the awful things you might get from stepping on a piece of glass or sharp shell etc, on the beach. ???
Pretty safe, otherwise.

system 2010-03-06 20:38:52 UTC #4

[quote=@spunky]H1N1 and seasonal Flu vaccinations so you won’t kill the local kids who have no immunity. Free in Canada.
Well I must disagree with that statement. If you want to protect the children of the D.R. then make sure you have had all the vaccines and needles before you go. When is the last time you checked with your doctor about your up to date vaccine and needles you have taken. So many diseases out there that one must be up to date with them all and not just H1N1 of course!!

Spunky 2010-03-07 16:53:40 UTC #5

Well said, stillsdaughter!

jackatak 2010-03-08 05:19:53 UTC #6

Thanks for your advice.

Like I said, we were up to date with required vaccinations last year for a trip to Mexico.

I will make an appt. with the Dr. ASAP to see what they recommend.

romanok.tetiana 2016-05-24 18:17:58 UTC #7

Hello, I am a newer on this forum, but, as I am going to visit Dominican Republic, I have a lot of questions…As I see the messages are quite old, but the topic is relevant. I was told by one of my colleagues that it is necessary to do some vaccinations to DR as the food, water etc. is specific and you can receive problems with your health. Is it true? And should we do any before going there?

bobfromcanada 2016-05-24 18:30:46 UTC #8

We’ve never done anything special other than Hep A/B (for anywhere, even at home) and make sure our tetanus is up to date. The resorts aren’t in the business of making people sick, but food handling issues could arise on rare occasions. Last trip we ate and drank everything in sight. Neither of us or any of the people we hung out with had any particular issues, other than over indulgence …
Oh, watch the coconut based drinks, like Pina Colada. Coconut is a natural laxative.

romanok.tetiana 2016-05-26 18:52:09 UTC #9

Oh, it’s wonderful recommendation, Bob, thank you a lot for it. I hope that everything will be ok, but for our safety we of course will organize medical insurance. So maybe you can recommend something from DR national kitchen to taste? It is quite interesting to find out new dishes that in any case we can’t taste in Ukraine.

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