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.