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Where to avoid if not vaccinated?

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  • Added on: October 25th, 2010
What parts of the world would you avoid if you had never gotten any vaccines at all, even as a child? Any parts of the world especially?
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  • Added on: October 27th, 2010
South/Central America, Africa and Asia would probably be best avoided if you have never had any vaccinations. You might be ok if you go to these places but your chances of getting something are higher.

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  • Added on: October 28th, 2010
Hello nancy sv,

I think you need to be asking a flesh and blood doctor this question.

Travellers like to chime in a lot on this subject but when it comes to your personal travel health a consult with a travel doctor will always trump what you read on a forum or website.

Your medical history, the reasons why your parents didn't have you vaccinated as a child, where you want to travel to, the expense and possible effects, must all be considered when making the decision to get vaccinated, or not.

In my case I've been vaccinated for everything. I don't want to be limited by my immunity status when I travel.

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  • Added on: October 28th, 2010
This was more just a theoretical question as to which parts of the world have most diseases. We have all been vaccinated and I would never travel without them - but I know people who do. It seems to me that the only "safe-ish" places to travel without being vaccinated are North America, Europe, Australia, etc... Basically, the places where the vast majority of people are vaccinated therefore the risk of outbreak is small. But I wanted to see if that's just my opinion or if it's true.
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nancy sv wrote:This was more just a theoretical question as to which parts of the world have most diseases.


I was curious as to the reason for the questions after reading your signature. :lol:

A specialist travel doctor is the best person to consult. Regular doctors don't know enough to good a proper opinion - they will just toe the standard line.

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  • Added on: October 29th, 2010
We've traveled all over the world with our sons - they are only 12 and have traveled in something like 30 countries. We made sure they were vaccinated early! (They were 6 weeks old when they went to Ethiopia for the first time)

I'm not sure what sparked this question - just the idea of traveling without being vaccinated and what kinds of precautions one would have to take, I guess.
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  • Added on: November 6th, 2010
Countries with high immunisation rates (ie developed countries) have higher herd immunity - the more people vaccinated against whooping cough for example, the less chance of spreading it to the non-immunised people. So your poorer countries that dont have regular and effective vaccination programs are definatly a higher risk of catching the nasties.

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  • Added on: November 10th, 2010
One should probably also avoid big cities then, or other places with lots of people who do travel to less developed countries. I think one would have to stick to small villages in North-America, parts of Europe, Australia and New Zealand with a homogenuous population. Places with people who have not traveled.



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