Inoculations and Communicable Disease

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The only 'shot' or 'jab' Public Health recommended after Hurricane Ivan was tetanus (for those in need of a booster or never immunized). Clean-up efforts put residents in daily contact with nails, shredded metal, sharp sticks, thorns and other debris. Some employers arranged for office visits from Public Health, making it easy for employees to access this protection from a potentially deadly bacterium.

Cayman is not endemic to Cholera, Hepatitis A or Typhoid, and there were no cases post hurricane Ivan. As our water supplies are from desalination and bottled water, chances are remote for an outbreak even if a case were to be imported. Therefore, vaccines for these diseases are not recommended.

Flooding and limited water supplies make cases of gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting) likely. After Hurricane Ivan 10-12 persons per day were treated for diarrhoea and vomiting initially; cases rapidly declined to 2-5 per day. These figures indicate that Cayman did not have a major outbreak of gastroenteritis.

Mosquito borne diseases such as Malaria, Dengue fever, Yellow fever or West Nile Virus are not prevalent in the Cayman Islands and no cases occurred after Hurricane Ivan.