Here are following details of vaccinations required during Expedition China 2014.
• Cadiz, Valletta and Singapore – Tentanus
• Djibouti – Tentanus, Dukoral, Yellow fever, Hepatitis A and B, you also need mosquito nets and insect repellent if you sleep a shore.
• Cochin – Tentanus, Dukoral, Yellow fever, Hepatitis A and Typhoid
• Hong Kong and Quanzhou – Tetanus, Dukoral and Hepatitis A
Tetanus is included in the vaccine most Swedish-born receives as children. If it’s been 20 years or more since you got your last vaccination, you may need a new one for full protection.
Dukoral is a vaccine against cholera, is believed to reduce the risk for traveler’s diarrhea by 15-30%, but it is however not scientifically proved. We have still included this oral vaccin as a recommendation for those who travel to destination where traveler’s diarrhea is a very common ailment.
Hepatitis A is a virus that can be found in contaminated water and raw or inadequately cooked food, such as seafood or vegetables. Those who suffer from hepatitis A infection can then easily pass it on through, for example, poor hand hygiene when using the toilet. In countries where hepatitis A is common, you do not reside in areas with poor hygiene of getting infected, people have been infected even at fancy hotels.
Hepatitis B is transmitted primarily through blood and sexual contact. Recent research suggests that the disease can also be transmitted through saliva. Most infections clear up, but a significant number of turns into a chronic condition, which often remains contagious. Special risk situations is unprotected sex, body piercing, tattooing and acupuncture. But even local emergency medical services included here.
Proof of vaccination is required if you have visited countries where yellow fever is present. Yellow fever does not occur in Djibouti however, the disease occurs in Djibouti’s neighbors Somalia and Ethiopia. A traveler from the Horn of Africa may be refused entry into India if you do not have proof of current yellow fever vaccine. Therefore SOIC recommends all deckhands traveling to Djibouti to sign on fot sailing leg 4. If you because of allergies or other illness are unable to take yellow fever vaccine, you must have a medical certificate to sail from Djibouti to Cochin.
General Typhoid fever is a bacterial disease that causes blood poisoning. The disease is spread through drink and food handled improperly. Often, the foods cooked at a to low temperature for the bacteria to die. The risk of becoming infected is highest in Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.
For crew members who plan to travel directly to and from locations for signing on and off the ship the risk of infection is low. If anyone is planning to travel around before or after their sailing legs you may need more vaccines and/ or malaria prophylaxis. Please get in touch with your own doctor or clinic in good time before departure for advice!