We just had to experience one part of our trip preparations we have been dreading the most. Getting our vaccines!
Both Scott and I have issues when it comes to needles. We both turn our heads if they show someone getting injected on TV. Scott couldn’t even remember the last time he has received a needle (aside from the dentist) and for me I had to get a tetanus shot back in 2005. I cut a small chunk off the top of my pointer finger with a utility knife and when the nurse said I’m going to give you a tetanus shot I pretty much turned into a screaming 3 year old. Although since I was freaking out so much I didn’t even feel it.
Yesterday, I must of grown up a bit as I didn’t have a freak out. Infact I think I handled it all pretty good and totally deserved that lollipop at the end! I only had to get 3 needles in total which included the following: Measles / Mumps / Rubella booster, Polio, Hep A, and Typhoid Fever.
Since I was born in 1981 the travel clinic is assuming I was administered the 3 doses required for Hepatitis B in elementary school. I remember getting needles in elementary, and even more-so I remember a year where I got them a lot. So their assumptions must be correct…. I called my mom to confirm but she doesn’t remember exactly what vaccines I was given in elementary and nor does she have an immunization record. So now I have this did I receive the full Hep B vaccine or not wonderment in my head… What exactly were those needles for that I remember being so scared of and crying over back in elementary?
Scott on the other hand due the the year he was born does not have his Hepatitis B vaccine. According to the doctor. Which means he had to get 4 shots yesterday and needs to go back in 7 days for another dose of the Hep B, and then again in 21 days. Which makes 6 jabs in total for him.
We both avoided Japanese Encephalitis, Yellow Fever and Meningococcal Meningitis due to the countries we are visiting and the time of the year we will be there. See our THE TRIP section for more details. Of course we still have to take high precautions to avoid getting bitten by mosquitos.
There is a ton more information and other pre-cautions that the clinic went over with us. Like travelers diarrhea, malaria, dengue fever, and rabies. Lots to digest and luckily they provided us with handy pamphlets. I’ll be sure to share some more information in another post once I wrap my head around it all first.
In conclusion… needles are not AS scary as they were in my mind before…. but I still can’t quite shake the hebegebe feeling!
What did this cost us all together?
Travel Clinic Consultation Fee: $40 x 2 = $80
GRAND TOTAL FOR VACCINES: $410
Well, my arms still hurt. Time to go take some ibuprofen.