Generally, you do not need any immunizations to work onboard a ship.
However, if they are required the cruise line will tell you which
immunizations you will need to have. When onboard, it is common practice
to be called into the infirmary for a flu shot. This is not mandatory,
but recommended. You may have heard about the Norwalk virus, a
gastrointestinal illness that went rampant on a number of ships
including those from Holland America and Princess Cruises. It proved
that germs spread very quickly in the close confines of a ship.
Prevention is the best medicine. Here are some tips to prevent the
spread of infectious disease and becoming ill:
Washing - Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least
20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand
cleaners are also effective. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
because germs spread that way.
Etiquette - Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or
sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don't
have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
Gloves - Crew members should wear impermeable, disposable gloves if
they need to have direct contact with ill passengers or potentially
contaminated surfaces, rooms, or lavatories used by ill passengers.
They should avoid touching their face with gloved or unwashed hands.
Improper use of gloves may actually increase transmission.
more information, visit the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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