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Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

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Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

Hi Kevin here again.

We are holidaying in Kalkan in August this year.

Do you need any vaccinations for Turkey ?

I hadn't given it a thought until a colleague at work mentioned it this week.

I'm getting mixed information when i google it though !!

Do any of you guys bother with them or not ?

Thanks

Kevin

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1. Re: Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

No - vaccinations are totally NOT necessary for Turkey - as with any other Meditteranean country.....

Enjoy!

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2. Re: Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

Recommended vaccinations are tetanus and Hep A, that is for all foreign travel not just Turkey.

I have been visiting over Turkey for 20 years and I lived there for 3 years and I never had any extra vaccinations, just an up to date tetanus.

It is entirely your choice if you want them.

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3. Re: Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

We had the first time we went 10 yrs ago but never bothered since.

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4. Re: Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

Yes, see your practice nurse, she/he will give you up to date information. It all depends on your activities and risk. Your practice nurse will be able to do a risk assessment and guide you in the right direction. Ensure you have up to date childhood immunisations eg if no tetanus/diphtheria/polio vaccination in last 10 yrs, then you will need a booster. If you plan on having dental treatment or anything that will exchange blood or bodily fluids then you will need hepatitis b vaccination ( 6 month course but can have a shortened one too). Basics are typhoid and hepatitis A. A good website is Nathnac, will also help for future travel. Nothing is compulsory but it's good to be covered for every eventuality. Should also be free on the NHS but will cost you if you go to a travel clinic. Some practices charge for hepatitis b but if combined with hepatitis a, it will always be free. It is illegal to charge for combined hep a and b. hope this helps.

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5. Re: Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

Thanks for your advice Lizilu, that's very useful. Thanks for everyone else's input as well.

I will contact my surgery and speak to the practice Nurse as you advised, and be guided by them.

Thanks again.

Kevin

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6. Re: Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

Kevin. I have a nurse for more years than I care to mention!! I also travel to turkey at least 4times a year. Vaccinations not required..enjoy your hols

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7. Re: Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

Katrina, I'm a practice nurse and I specialuse in travel health.. I do know what I'm talking about. All people need a risk assessment before they embark on foreign travel. It may be they are so low risk that they do not want or need any vacs, but a sweeping statement like you've just made is not only dangerous advice but a slur on profession. Imagine if a gentleman wanted a wet shave while in turkey and the barber used a razor blade that had not been autoclaved or sterilised properly. He caught hepatitis b from this but didn't have a course of vacs prior to travel because a someone who had been a nurse for years said they did not need any vacs, but declined to use research based evidence to back this up!!!

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8. Re: Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

Katrina, I'm a practice nurse and I specialise in travel health.. I do know what I'm talking about. All people need a risk assessment before they embark on foreign travel. It may be they are so low risk that they do not want or need any vacs, but a sweeping statement like you've just made is not only dangerous advice but a slur on profession. Imagine if a gentleman wanted a wet shave while in turkey and the barber used a razor blade that had not been autoclaved or sterilised properly. He caught hepatitis b from this but didn't have a course of vacs prior to travel because a someone who had been a nurse for years said they did not need any vacs, but declined to use research based evidence to back this up!!!

Edited: 4:37 pm, May 19, 2013
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9. Re: Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

I'm sorry, I don't know why the above posted twice! Thanks Kevin, go and see your practice nurse. It may be that you are all up to date and don't need anything, but there's no harm in being safe rather than sorry. Have a great holiday, you'll love Kalkan. I'm afraid there's no vaccination against the Kalkan bug that makes you fall in love with the place and return year after year like us!

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10. Re: Vaccinations...Are they needed ?

No, it's not neccesary to have jags for Turkey. We never bothered for years, until last year when we found out that if are unvaccinated and suffer any illness in Turkey that you should have been vacinnated for, your Travel Insurance becomes invalid, which means you will be paying for your own treatment in hospital and if you miss a flight home through illness you will pay for this too.

We had our injections last year and one of our Practice Nurses who goes to Turkey every year updated her's last year too and was telling us that lots of people are now getting holiday injections because of these new rulings by Travel Insurance Companies. The other thing to ask for is the small book with all your injections noted insided, it's should be stamped and dated by the Nurse and taken on holiday with you.

The two mentioned in other postings are the two we received these are the ones recommended for Turkey.

Edited: 6:35 pm, May 19, 2013
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