For those that have been to Europe

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  1. Lyzelle

    Lyzelle New Member

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    We're moving to Italy in March, so a month or so ago I had to go down to the clinic and make sure they had my shot records on file. (They didn't, so that was a mess...)

    But anyway, turns out I hadn't had Hep A or Typhoid. Hep A was required, so I got that then and there, but they say Typhoid is optional, although recommended.

    Personally, I'm not for giving shots all willy nilly, especially since I have an autoimmune issue that likes to act up every time I get shots. So, if I NEED it I will take it, but otherwise I would prefer to not.

    Just looking for other opinions, especially others who have been to Europe?
     
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    CaliTerp07 New Member

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    I never had to get any special shots to go to Europe. Granted, I've had all the normal vaccines my whole life, so if Typhoid is something they normally give to a child I've had it, but if it's not then I definitely didn't get it.
     
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    I was actually surprised they weren't stabbing me with more needles. I've always heard you had to have a lot of crazy vaccines to go over there, but it's just Typhoid?

    If it's just turning out to be another American "we are better/cleaner than everyone else" thing, and it isn't a huge issue over there, then I probably won't get it. Although they are going to force me to get the friggin flu shot anyway.
     
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    So weird. Heck living there nobody ever asked me if I had my shots!
     
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    There are really no "crazy vaccines" for Europe. Italy is a first world country; you aren't going to the middle of the rainforest or an impoverished country with dirty water.

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/typhoid-fever/DS00538/DSECTION=risk-factors

    I'd skip it, unless you plan on doing a lot of travel to Asia or Africa while you're over there.
     
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    Pretty much what I was thinking too. First world country.

    But no, I'll probably just stay in western Europe. Maybe Greece, but mostly just Italy, France, Spain, Germany, etc.
     
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    Oooh, do Greece! Athens is probably to coolest city I've ever been to. The Parthenon took my breath away!
     
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    I don't remember getting any shots before going to any european countries. It hasn't been that long ago either.
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    I went to London, Denmark, Scotland and France this summer.. no shots lol they were all perfectly wonderful places. I've only been a handful of places where I felt like I should've been vaccinated before entering and they were all in the US of A haha

    Last time I got a shot to travel was when we went to Kenya, and even then..I thought it was silly! Kenya was beautiful and very modern mostly, and it's not like I was drinking out of the river on safari! haha
     
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    I was shocked that I didn't need any vaccinations to go to Egypt. That was a dirty, dirty country :( We did our very best to avoid any un-packaged food or water, but even still ended up with a nasty norovirus!
     
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    I think it might be because we are military. They like turning people into pincushions.
     
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    Um... you don't need any vacs. to go to Europe. I honestly just get my tetanus (sp?) every 10 years - no one cares. When we lived in the US they were way more strict about getting your shots. Not even the school cares if you're up to date on your shots - in the US I couldnt even start school if I wasn't up-to-date.
     
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    According to the USAF, I do. And they won't clear me without being up to date.
     
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    Thats so... odd. The US is so much more strict than Europe about their shots.. The only one whos ever needed to be up-to-date on their shots was Gipsy.

    Edit: I just googled - and I guess it must be the USAF - because you def. don't need anything to enter Italy (or Europe). You *should* be up-to-date, but it's not required.
     
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    Don't need vacs for Italy....

    But I had them before I went to Morocco and lived to tell the tale.
     
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    Right.

    You want the USAF to move you over there. You have to follow whatever dumb rules they come up with.

    Its not an Italian regulation, nor a European one, its a USAF one.
     
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    Exactly. :) Especially the bolded.

    I just want to know if Typhoid is something I really need or not. Didn't need a debate on whether or not I "need" vacs in general. I do, or they don't ship me with DH. But Typhoid is optional.
     

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