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Old 03-20-2019, 05:29 AM
 
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We are planning a trip to Romania and see just the typical suggestions from State Dept (no special immunizations for example). However, someone else mentioned that on the CDC website, they suggest Hepatits A immunization.
The Hepatitis A risk is from foods.

One thing they both mention is that prescriptions should be in original bottles.

I will probably ask for it from my Dr but it struck me that I probably, if left alone, would not have thought of the CDC website as I (wrongly?) assumed it was for domestic.
Anyway what do you think?
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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If you need it for peace of mind, then go for it. But I wouldnt consider Romania a high risk for hep-a. . They have first world health standards there. If you are exposed, you won't show symptoms until you get home. It's not fatal and resolves itself with bedrest and diet.

It took me 30 years of third world backpacking before I finally got it, I don't think I was ever vaccinated.

Remember that all warnings err on the side of excessive caution. State Dept leader of the pack.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Many (most?) Physicians in phoenix and Tucson recommend that everyone gets a Hepatitis vaccine.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:29 AM
 
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You may want to have your doctor check to see if you have already been vaccinated. I had to get checked for the Hepatitis alphabet soup a couple of years ago and found out that I was vaccinated against a couple of them and I don't have an idea of when it got it.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:26 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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If you need it for peace of mind, then go for it. But I wouldnt consider Romania a high risk for hep-a. . They have first world health standards there. If you are exposed, you won't show symptoms until you get home. It's not fatal and resolves itself with bedrest and diet.

It took me 30 years of third world backpacking before I finally got it, I don't think I was ever vaccinated.

Remember that all warnings err on the side of excessive caution. State Dept leader of the pack.
Hepatitis A is one the recommended vaccine schedule because everyone is at some risk. There is very little risk with this vaccine and much benefit. People do die from Hep A on occasion, and one can be sick for months with it.
https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis...nts/hep-a.html
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:38 AM
 
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Thank you all for your input. We did check and we haven't been immunized previously. It's not that I thought it was such a backwards country and I did appreciate the comment that it is not typically lethal----but now that I think about it, although I rarely get sick (and super rarely get sick from food- not a delicate stomach here) it probably would be a real drag to be traveling and not feeling up to it. I will reach out to my dr and see about getting the immunization.
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Death occurs only in cases where the patient abuses himself to impede recovery of your liver function. Doctors don't give any treatment drugs, they just tell you to go home and stay in bed, and strictly avoid alcohol and fatty foods, which will kill you.

My recovery was in Chile, but I probably contracted in Ecuador a few weeks before. My guess is Misahuali, a pretty unhealthful place in the jungle.
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:58 AM
 
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We are planning a trip to Romania and see just the typical suggestions from State Dept (no special immunizations for example). However, someone else mentioned that on the CDC website, they suggest Hepatits A immunization.
The Hepatitis A risk is from foods.

One thing they both mention is that prescriptions should be in original bottles.

I will probably ask for it from my Dr but it struck me that I probably, if left alone, would not have thought of the CDC website as I (wrongly?) assumed it was for domestic.
Anyway what do you think?
i'm from there and i go back to see my parents every year. I don't worry about immunization, but I advise you to get immunized. Everybody is different. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:11 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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]Death occurs only in cases where the patient abuses himself to impede recovery of your liver function. [/b] Doctors don't give any treatment drugs, they just tell you to go home and stay in bed, and strictly avoid alcohol and fatty foods, which will kill you.

My recovery was in Chile, but I probably contracted in Ecuador a few weeks before. My guess is Misahuali, a pretty unhealthful place in the jungle.
Untrue. Here is the simplest explanation: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm
"In rare cases, hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death; this is more common in people older than 50 and in people with other liver diseases."

There have been a lot of Hepatitis A deaths in the homeless population recently.
https://www.acsh.org/news/2018/11/02...epatitis-13567
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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The homeless very likely never have the disease diagnosed, and have a steady diet of alcohol preventing recovery., plus a compromised liver in the first plave. How many incidents of death are there among those (like the OP) who have access to conditions favorable to recovery? You can die from stubbing your toe if you have no assess to treatment or ignore complicating symptoms and medical advice, but that doesn't make a stubbed toe a "potentially fatal" event against which one must be assiduously on guard.

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