Going on a cruise is ideal for those who want adventure and to see lots of fascinating places whilst having the security of good accommodation,food and facilities. It would be advisable to take with you documentation detailing all medical conditions and current medications when you travel.
Vaccination schedules need to be discussed before your journey especially if trips off the ship are to be taken. Yellow fever may be a requirement for some South and Central American countries, and if you don’t have a Yellow fever certificate of vaccination, you may not be allowed ashore.
Influenza is a recognized problem on cruises where large numbers of people are living in close proximity. The Flu and Pneumococcal vaccine should be considered.
Another problem that can emerge when people live in close proximity is an epidemic vomiting disease. It is usually mild and self limiting, although difficult to control. Good personal hygiene will help to reduce the spread.
The risk of Malaria is quite small in ports in the Middle East, Central and East Asia. However the risk is much greater when entering ports in infected countries like sub Saharan Africa.
Discuss your cruise plans with the travel nurse who will advise you which vaccines/insect repellents are recommended.
UV light reflection from the water, in addition to directly from the sun make sunburn more likely at sea. Ensure you are adequately protected from the sun’s rays and keep well hydrated.