What do you do if you travel to third-world countries? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 13 Old 07-08-2008, 09:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
ShwarmaQueen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
Posts: 5,597
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
First off, let me say this is not an attempted attack. I'm just curious and am honestly seeking information.

I'm new to the concept of non-vaxing, and as a world traveler (Europe, third-world Africa, and middle-east), I wonder what would you do if you were taking your DC to a third-world country? I mean, our daughter travels everywhere w/ us, and we've been in some pretty harsh conditions, definitely ones where diseases that she's been vaxed against are NOT obsolete and hospitals are bad.

Would you just not travel to these places? Or would you vaccinate based on what the risk is?

Momma to DD (12/04) hearts.gif and DS (11/09) hbac.gif.
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!

ShwarmaQueen is offline  
#2 of 13 Old 07-08-2008, 11:09 PM
 
NYMOM07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 240
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would probably wait to travel with her until she is much older (10-11 years old?), and the vax for what is really necessary, maybe polio and mmr- thats what I would do.
My husbands family is from greece, and i wont even go there until my son is older becuase I have no idea what he can catch and I dont want him to be young and possibly more vulnerable.
NYMOM07 is offline  
#3 of 13 Old 07-08-2008, 11:15 PM
 
Mamato3wild ponnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: hopefully close to bliss
Posts: 2,093
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We've been to cental american countries(Panama, Mexico, Dominican Republic) with ds and he's 3 1/2 and vax'd up till the age of 2. I do not worry at all. We also live in Mexico about 6 months out of the year. Have free range chickens and you name it all around us. The hospitals do scare me. However i have no fear of his lack of vax's. If we were to go to a country that has certain fevers or diseases i would think about getting vax'd as a family. Africa and parts of India. Again it would depend on where we are going too.

Mami to fly-by-nursing2.gifds 4 wks, ds 2yo, ds 6yo, dd 11yo, ds 17 yo. novaxnoIRC.gifwaterbirth.jpg
Mamato3wild ponnie is offline  
#4 of 13 Old 07-09-2008, 04:17 AM
 
missbuns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 220
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jsirris View Post
I would probably wait to travel with her until she is much older (10-11 years old?), and the vax for what is really necessary, maybe polio and mmr- thats what I would do.
My husbands family is from greece, and i wont even go there until my son is older becuase I have no idea what he can catch and I dont want him to be young and possibly more vulnerable.
what exactly would he catch in greece that he wouldn't get in the US?

http://www.who.int/vaccines/globalsu...cfm?C='grc'

http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationGreece.aspx

we almost booked a vacation there this year. i'm not seeing any strange and unusual diseases...you know? it's not exactly a "risky" country.
missbuns is offline  
#5 of 13 Old 07-09-2008, 11:27 AM
 
alegna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 44,408
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would have no concerns about traveling as long as we had access to clean food and water. And I would not travel with a young child where we did not- vax status would not be an issue.

-Angela
alegna is offline  
#6 of 13 Old 07-09-2008, 06:15 PM
 
k9sarchik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Never never land
Posts: 1,373
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would be more worried about intestinal parasites then from a VPD.

Laura~ wife to my stuntman, Stig, mama to Gavin Rutgar reading.gif(4) and now Wyatt Andreas (1) and 2 little angel1.gif.

k9sarchik is offline  
#7 of 13 Old 07-09-2008, 10:45 PM - Thread Starter
 
ShwarmaQueen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
Posts: 5,597
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
And the other thing I'm wondering is if she's been vaxed against something, how can I find out if that is the same "strain" as what's where I'm going? Is there anyway to know for sure?

Momma to DD (12/04) hearts.gif and DS (11/09) hbac.gif.
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!

ShwarmaQueen is offline  
#8 of 13 Old 07-09-2008, 10:57 PM
 
alegna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 44,408
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShwarmaQueen View Post
And the other thing I'm wondering is if she's been vaxed against something, how can I find out if that is the same "strain" as what's where I'm going? Is there anyway to know for sure?
That's going to depend totally on what diseases and vax you're talking about. In *theory* most vaxes should protect against any strain.

-Angela
alegna is offline  
#9 of 13 Old 07-09-2008, 11:58 PM
 
vegemamato's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: TX
Posts: 2,346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
we vaxed with our first until she was two, once with our second and we haven't been in yet with our third (not vaxxing).

That said, we would get some shots if we were traveling to countries that had a high incidence of disease, myself included. we wouldn't do it before five years old though...

As much as I'm against routine vaccinations, I do feel that they have there place, sometimes.

(flame away)

mischievous.gif
vegemamato is offline  
#10 of 13 Old 07-10-2008, 12:12 AM - Thread Starter
 
ShwarmaQueen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
Posts: 5,597
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by vegemamato View Post
As much as I'm against routine vaccinations, I do feel that they have there place, sometimes.

(flame away)
Thank you for admitting this. To be honest, yesterday was the first time I opened the Vaccinations forum since I joined MDC. Crazy, huh? I'm just good at avoiding things that will make me uncomfortable, especially since I've vaxed my DD so far. But I think I fall into the catagory of sorta needing some for my DD and future DC's b/c of where we have to travel (for dh fam) and unfortunately, the young age thing cannot be compromised.

I want to cover all the basis; how would you decide which ones?

Momma to DD (12/04) hearts.gif and DS (11/09) hbac.gif.
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!

ShwarmaQueen is offline  
#11 of 13 Old 07-10-2008, 12:19 AM
 
alegna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 44,408
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShwarmaQueen View Post
Thank you for admitting this. To be honest, yesterday was the first time I opened the Vaccinations forum since I joined MDC. Crazy, huh? I'm just good at avoiding things that will make me uncomfortable, especially since I've vaxed my DD so far. But I think I fall into the catagory of sorta needing some for my DD and future DC's b/c of where we have to travel (for dh fam) and unfortunately, the young age thing cannot be compromised.

I want to cover all the basis; how would you decide which ones?
I would consider some depending on plans and such.

I would decide by looking at what diseases are prevalent where I'm going, how they're transmitted, if I'm comfortable treating them and if I'm comfortable with the risk/benefit from the vaccines.

-Angela
alegna is offline  
#12 of 13 Old 07-11-2008, 05:57 PM - Thread Starter
 
ShwarmaQueen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
Posts: 5,597
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Does anyone know where to find diseases that are still active in foreign countries?

Momma to DD (12/04) hearts.gif and DS (11/09) hbac.gif.
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!

ShwarmaQueen is offline  
#13 of 13 Old 07-11-2008, 06:13 PM
 
Bennoch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My DD has been vaxed on schedule up till now (she's 10 mo). She's due for her 12 mo shots, but I'm planning to delay them all (I can to the whole delayed/selected vax thing late, otherwise I would not have followed the schedule). Anyway, I took her with me to India & Nepal in May (she was 8.5 mo) and I didn't do anything special re: meds or vax. She is still BFing (along with solids) and she was fine! Check the CDC Travelers Health site for disease risks in specific countries: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx
Bennoch is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off