Back in early January, Andrew and I drew up a list of about 1 million vaccines that we may need for our adventure. Going to places like India, South East Asia, South America and Africa got our backs up a little and we were freaking out!
We booked a visit with the Travel Doctors for January 30, thinking it was ages away. Well, knock me over and call me a goose, today is January 30!
So out 1:30 appointment included us filling out a huge page of medical history, our families medical history and a list of countries we plan to visit. We then sat down with the doctor and together went through all the vaccines we COULD have (like 10 of them) and the ones we have to have (like 4 of them. In fact only 3 for Andrew after his recent thumb slicing incident).
Some of the vaccines are worth like $600, which is just mindblowing – granted, its better than dying from a monkey bite and all, but still, $600!
So, after about 45 minutes of chat where the prospect of dying came up a good 5 or so times, we signed on the dotted line for our essential vaccines:
- Hep A (now with typhoid included, its a great 2 for 1 offer!)
- Yellow fever (Sarah has to go back and get this done separately as she’s full of a chest infection, yay!)
We declined the Rabies vaccine on the promise we wouldn’t pet any animals. Sad, but not as sad as death by mouth froth…..
Once the doctor was done with us we caught up with the nurse who administered the vaccines. Andrew isn’t a massive fan of needles and pulled such a face that even the nurse recoiled in horror! He did a great job getting it done. Then we got a sales pitch about the other drugs we can and should buy. We took home a menu to peruse at our leisure before my return trip for another shot.
$700 poorer and with bandaids on our arms, we left the travel doctor feeling a touch woozy but happy to have made progress. Bring it on diseases!