Saturday, March 07, 2009

A Little Pinch

Today Wendy and I ventured out to the local travel clinic to get our vaccinations for Africa.
The doctor handed each of us a 4 pound stack of papers and spent 45 minutes describing every imaginable disease, most of which are marked by either diarrhea or death.
After learning about so many different ailments, we were actually relieved when the nurse came in armed with 9 shots.

We were each vaccinated against 7 diseases, which required 5 shots (Wendy only needed 4 because she already had a tetanus booster), and a prescription (we opted for the pill Typhoid vaccination over the shot).
Avoiding the remaining diseases will be need to be accomplished by prudent travel practices, like staying away from all water, food, people, insects, and animals.
No problem.


Grandma said...

Double EEK! I'll be glad when you two traveling vagabonds come home!

MaineMom said...

Ah, it wasn't that bad. The worst part is reading the 4lbs of paperwork - all of the stuff that "could" happen is what is scary.

I'm buying a hazmat suit...

Jillian and Crew said...

We did not get that many shots! (sigh of relief!) Let us know how much your arm hurts from all of that!

~Seth and Nancy~ said...

are you guys pretty sore today?
i've heard that garlic pills are supposed to be good for avoiding malaria...not sure if it works, but it might be worth a shot!

The Crime Fighting Ninja said...

9 shots?!? Are you scheduled for more? I know I had to get a series of Hep A and B shots before my trip and then 6 months after I came back. Staying away from water(Bottled),food(rinse veggies & fruits in bleach water, 100 drops),insects (100% Deet),etc... is easy, just don't open your mouth when showering! I have a habit of doing that at home and for the first few days I had to remember not to do that! Out of our group of 4 who went I was the only one who didn't get sick with stomach cramps or the big "D"!

Shots (if you're not afraid of needles) are totally worth it! The experience is priceless.