I had three shots yesterday. Wish I could tell you that they were of the Lemon Drop, Alabama Slammer, and Patron variety, but alas, I’m talking about travel vaccinations! I’ve never needed any travel specific immunizations in the past, so this was something new for me. After doing a little online research and consulting with my doctor, I went with vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid. I also received prescriptions for Malaria and Cipro pills. Between all that, and the vaccinations I’ve already had in the past, I hope I’ve covered my bases!
I was surprised to learn that countries with endemic diseases don’t always require immunizations prior to arrival. However, many countries do require proof of vaccination if you’ve traveled to those other countries within a certain timeframe before entering theirs. Failure to provide proof could result in refusal of entry or quarantine! Can you imagine? Definitely not how I’d like to spend my trip! I received an official stamped card, detailing my Yellow Fever vaccination, which I will have to keep with me in case I enter countries requiring it. Another thing to keep in mind is that vaccines differ in the length of time it will take for antibodies to develop and provide sufficient immunity. Some even require booster shots. So, in some cases, it could take several months before you’re actually protected.