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a VirtualTourist member from Orewa


What the risk in catching hep A on a 5 day trip?

I read that vaccination is recommended-but it would be nice not to bother-what is the chance of catching hep A 5 day stay in Chefchaouen?
Thanks Mandy

4 Answers

answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

The chances of catching Hep A are nothing whatever to do with how long you stay somewhere (as with any other disease).

Hepatitis A is most commonly transmitted by infected food or water. You will have no knowledge of whether or not the person preparing any of the food you eat has the disease and/or poor personal hygiene. They may, they may not. Some countries have a higher incidence of Hep A, which obviously makes the possibility of you being infected higher: that's why the innoculation is recommended.

It is your choice as to whether you have the recommedaed innoculation or risk infection: it cannot be anyone else's. You should be guided by your own doctor's advice rather than by internet posts.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Christchurch

You can be infected during the first hour of your stay - or not at all if you stay there for a year.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Orewa

Thanks for your answers. Will probably have the vaccine!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from London

I recommend it for anyone who travels - I originally had the shots because I was going to China but I get my titres checked because as a nurse and as a frequent traveller I think it is such a small price and procedure to protect from such serious consequences that can be as a result of picking up Hep A.

A well publicized case in Sydney not long before I came over to the UK was with a nurse, who I have met, who contracted Hep A from eating contaminated seafood in a restaurant in Sydney - not good publicity at all but a rare case with drastic consequences - she had to have a liver transplant and luckily it was provided for her and all went well.

So in my thinking its well worth having the protection for wherever you are for however long.

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