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Old 08-04-2003, 05:47   #1
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Hello.I am planning a 3 month long voyage on a 45 foot sailboat.Has anybody a good recomantation for drug to take along-antibiatics and so on ???
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Old 08-04-2003, 19:32   #2
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You should really talk to you're family Doctor (if you have one). He/she will know what has worked for you, and what sorts of things you are prone to.
I do suggest getting all you're vaccinations "up to date", including a "Twinrix" vaccination for heppatitis (A & B).
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Old 20-05-2003, 19:47   #3
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I am a doctor abroad (sothern china) and in 3 months hope to be back aboard my boat & cruising. I also have a Master in Tropical Medicine & Public Health.

If you are cruisng in 3rd world areas then, as Gordo advised, get vaccinated for typhoid, hepatitis A & B (Twinrix). Yellow Fever for central Sth America & Africa. Also do not forget boosters to your child hood shots - tetanus, polio, diphtheria. Also consider pneumovax, influenza, ?measles mumps & rubella and chicken pox vaccines (if U did not get it as a child - a very nasty disease in adults) & oh yeah ??rabies.

Go visit a licenced Travel Medical Clinic. Good luck, you olde pin cushion.

I will come back to you what medications you need if you let me know where you are planning to cruise & your age and also crews' ages. Also pre-exisitng medical conditions.
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Old 05-06-2006, 05:13   #4
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There is a very good book that is carried by most commercial merchant ships called:- The Ships Captain Medical Guide. It is really useful for diagnosis and treatment as well as recommending antibiotics etc.. There is a link to it on my medical page of my sailing section which for some reason will not post here.

As well as antibiotics you really do need sutures and needles etc - Some Doctors posted on my medical page together with some dentists...

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A couple of excellent (printable) online references:

“Where There Is No Doctor” ~ by David Werner
http://www.hesperian.org/publications_download.php#wtnd
The book provides vital information on diagnosing and treating common medical problems and diseases, and gives special emphasis to prevention - includes sections detailing effective examination techniques, home cures, correct usage of medicines and their precautions, nutrition, caring for children, ailments of older individuals and first aid.
Available in Spanish: “Donde no hay doctor”
http://healthwrights.org/books/DHNDonline.htm

“Where There Is No Dentist” ~ by Murray Dickson
http://www.healthwrights.org/books/W...tistonline.htm
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Old 05-06-2006, 08:01   #6
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Paul,
A doctor (and I use that term loosely) in the Bahamas told me that a tetanus shot is not necessary after age 60. I am 58, got a tetanus shot after being bitten by a dog, and the dr. said it was the last tetanus shot I would ever need. Could that possibly be correct?
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See http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/696_tet.html unless your "Doctor" plans to shoot you when you turn 60, or unless he is secretly planning to wipe out the tetanus critters...you still need a booster every 10 years.
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Thanks, hellosailor. I suspected the "doctor's" advice was worthless, but it's good to know for sure.
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