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Travelling with 10 month old baby / vaccines

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Almondinha Wed 31-May-17 07:49:32

Hi!
I would be very grateful to know your experiences and opinions.
My dh's grandma is 95yo and lives in America. Due to her age it is very unlikely that she will travel to the UK ever again, therefore we are thinking about going to visit her next year so she can meet her great grandson, and then get a short flight to the Caribbean for a little family holiday.
My concern is the need for travel vaccines. Our db will be about 9/10 months old if we decide to travel and it seems he may need typhoid and hep a vaccines, and use insect repellent due to dengue fever.
Has anyone ever traveled with a baby this age to a place where we need travel vaccines etc? We would love to travel to the Caribbean with him, but his health and safety are my priority. Should we not travel there with a baby?
TIA

TinyTemperamental Wed 31-May-17 07:58:05

We started travelling with DS when he was 5 months old. By the time he was 14 months old, we had visited Italy, Belgium, Dubai and India- didn't give him any travel vaccines. He's a happy and healthy 3 yr old today.

We just got his regular vaccination which the NHS states in the red book.

Best you speak to your GP about it, if you're still worried.

sphinxster Wed 31-May-17 08:08:02

DS got a couple of extra vaccines in addition to the standard schedule when we took him to Africa at 10 months. We got kiddy mosquito repellent and the plug in repellents. Lots of light weight long sleeved t-shirts for him.

Sidge Wed 31-May-17 08:09:29

You can't give typhoid vaccine to babies under 18 months.

Hep A vaccine can be given from 12 months.

Hep A and typhoid are diseases of contaminated food and water so you'd need to be vigilant regarding safe food and water. The Caribbean isn't especially high risk for these illnesses.

Insect repellent can be used, and sensible clothing to avoid sun exposure and insect bites.

anotherdayanothersquabble Wed 31-May-17 08:22:12

CDC states that neither Typhoid nor Hep A vaccines are recommended at this age. Risks are related to poor sanitation and spending long periods in areas at risk. If you are staying in hotels and careful about washing, drinking water and food, the risks are low. Dengue fever is present but severe Dengue Fever is unlikely in travellers.

Trip to see great grandma sounds great. Maybe a carribean cruise from the US might reduce the risks..

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