Post # 1
According to the CDC it seems like a malaria vaccination is recommended but not required to travel to the DR. Is that the case or are there other vaccines required to travel there? I’m hoping to hear from some of you with experience. Thanks in advance, gals! 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t know if it is required, but everyone I have known that has gone somewhere tropical (such as Dominican or Mexico) has gotten the Twinrix vaccination before they have gone. I can’t answer as to whether the malaria vaccination is required or not though.
Post # 4
I think you can call your local health department for help as well.
From the CDC… http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/dominican-republic.aspx
Post # 5
I didn’t get any special vaccines when I went to the DR in college. I guess maybe I’d already had the Hep vaccines when I was a kid? Maybe not…but either way, I didn’t get them before that trip.
Post # 6
I went to DR for a destination wedding in November, I took Dukoral for travellers diarrhea beforehand and I’m so glad I did. Be REALLY careful with the water, if you use it to brush your teeth or gargle in the shower, you’ll be spending a day on the toilet! 🙁 One of the BM’s didn’t get the memo about the water, and got super sick on the wedding day.. eek! No one wants that on their honeymoon!
I hope you have an awesome time!
Post # 7
I just got back from the DR last week and did not get any malaria immunizations beforehand. Where are you staying? I was at Excellence Punta Cana and used the hotel tap water to brush my teeth even though I’ve heard horror stories. The hotel says it purifies its tap water so I just trusted that and all was fine. Obviously, this could be very different at other resorts.
I had an amazing time and hope you do too!
Post # 8
I’ve been four times you don’t need anything, but just be careful with street food and water. It isn’t like Mexico from what someone posted if you gargle or brush with it obviously don’t swallow large amounts and if you do drink water it has to be boiled. If you are going to a resort then you don’t have to worry about the water because they get it from actual bottled water companies not faucets ha But definitely street food is what you have to watch out for, I was in the hospital over night because I ate a Chimi which is a sandwhich with everything on it and that meat stays outside in you know a street food vending cart so yea haha not pretty at all almost messed up my vaca luckily I was with family that lives there and they took care of me, but I was in bed alot with lots of pain and didnt eat or drink anything for like 5 days TMI it was that time of the month so they didnt know exactly what I had until I went to hospital because I get awful periods as well and at that time the flu was going around so I had to wait it out.
Post # 9
@Edina: We’re staying at the Excellence Punta Cana too! Good to know that the water there isn’t deathly. We will probably still take some Dukoral just in case though. Better safe than sorry!
Post # 10
Oh awesome! It was absolutely gorgeous, the staff is great, and I swear the only bugs I saw were butterflies. In the welcome letter/guestbook you’ll read about the water situation there. We had no troubles but you’re right no harm in taking precautions 🙂
Post # 11
I went a 2 yrs ago and and didn’t get a vaccine. When I tried to give blood, I had to wait 6 months b/c of the malaria there supposedly.
The only thing I got was a heat rash from the heat!LOL
Post # 12
You don’t need shots for the Dominican, but as the above posters said, be careful with the food and water.