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|jollysailor - Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:46 am|
Im on the contraceptive pill 'ovranette', im planning on going to south africa on a volenteer project, looking after orphaned children as soon as i raise enough money.
Will being on the pill effect any of the inections i will need, to visit africa?
If so how, and will i need to stop taking the pill in order to recieve the injections?
(i havent recieved any of the recomended injections yet, apart from TB)
|Shazinoz - Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:36 am|
As far as I know it doesn't effect them.
I had Typhoid (I had 4 tablets not the injection because the tablets in the this dose lasted longer than the injection (3 yrs instead of 1yr)), Hepatitis A, Tetanus Booster, Diphtheria Booster when I went to Thailand (normally you don't need these but because I take stomach medications to reduce acid reflux (zantac) I was told I needed these because I would be more susceptible because I would have less stomach acid to kill off the bugs.
I had already had Hepatitis B, Annual influenza, pneumococcal pneumonia as well as all of my childhood vaccinations (measles, mumps, rubella, polio, whooping cough.
When I saw the travel doctors they didn't mention that my contraceptive pill would interfere (and as they are hormones which we have naturally I cant see that they would interfere but I would ask the Doctor/ clinic who will do your vaccines), but do recommend that you use other protection (condoms) if have a "relationship"...
I would let you know though that some vaccines have to be done a long way in advance as more than one injection is needed and a set time is needed between each vaccine (Like hepatitis A needs 6 months between each injection and there are 2 in the series).
Not sure where you are in the world but if you are concerned I would call a clinic that specialises in travel medicine or your treating GP/PCP.
I am not a medical person but have travelled (never to Africa but would like to go one day) and the above etc is from my experience.
Good Luck with your trip sounds great.
|Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:32 pm|
Your vaccines should not be affected by oral contraceptives or vice versa. You should be fine to get the recommended immunizations. Enjoy your travels.
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