What do you do when travelling?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
What do you do when travelling?
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Sat, 11-13-2010 - 3:10pm

We do not vaccinate, but I have always wondered what people do when travelling to countries that require vaccines? Do you not travel there? Do you just go and risk it? Is it a concern at all for you? Is there an alternative?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 1:04pm

We used to --- in fact, it was required in Houston to have rabies vaccinations.

And when we moved to England in 1992, we not only had the two cats we owned then vaccinated and checked by the USDA approved vet, but we put them through 6 months of quarantine. Ditto from London to China (and while quarantine was in-house, the paperwork to mov them was HELL! ) and Saudi (no quarantine there...). But that's not really traveling --- that's MOVING. The big issue wasn't vaccination but finding vets (not a common profession in either Beijing or Saudi when we were there)!

The three cats we own now have never ben vaccinated past their kitten shots --- at the breeder's recommendation (they are indoor cats, have no exposure to "aiien" animals so aren;t likely to be exposed to diseases and will not, according to her, show a false posiitive blood test if and when we need to have them vaccinated for any reason... apparently Feline HIV vaccinations, once given, show a postive blood test even in the absence of disease and if the records aren't available, boosters can't be given...). Not sure I'm comfortable with this situation but...



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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 6:20pm

I was thinking of the humans travelling and needing shots - I didn't stop to think out our pets travelling and needing shots.

I know that my dogs have to be up-to-date on their rabies to travel into the states when we go down to Florida this winter - I need to check and see if there is anything else they need to cross the border.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 11:54pm

Oh, I misread...

Since we lived overseas in so many different places, we have just about every vaccination you could imagine,



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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 11-16-2010 - 10:19am

Thanks Carol - that's what I am wondering. It is one thing to refuse vaccinations here in North America - but when travelling - it seems a whole different ballgame!

I have never left Canada or the US - and when my husband talks about travelling to tropical islands, it gives me pause when I think about the shots required to travel to some of these countries.

With my family's history of reaction to vaccines, I dare not risk it - so I do not travel far.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 10:59am

I don't travel all that much and never to a place that requires one!

Gayle