Shots… EVERYBODY!

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!

Oh Lil Jon... not THOSE kinds of shots!

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.

If you’re traveling abroad and wondering which vaccines you’ll need, check out the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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8 Comments on “Shots… EVERYBODY!

  1. Wow, nice (or not so…) This will come in handy if I plan a mission trip which I am hoping to do soon! Thanks.
    It’s getting close!!!!!!

  2. Ahh, reminds me of when i was planning my trip to India in 2006. I went through some similar vaccinations. They cracked me up when they asked me if I was going to be near or handling livestock in case I wanted to get another vaccination against various diseases that imposed. I said “Nah, I’ll just hold myself back from partying with the livestock!”

  3. I had never even thought about this… but hey, if you are ever in need of a free “room”…. I guess quarantine is better than nothing! 🙂

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