I made a visit to the local travel clinic yesterday and man, my arms hurt. 5 shots (2 in one arm, 3 in the other arm), 1 oral vaccine and going back next week for 1 more shot.
I researched several places to get immunizations around here and found out that the Denver Health Center had a travel clinic whose prices were much more reasonable than the rest of our options. Most private travel clinics were extremely expensive (in some cases, double the price per vaccine). With all the shots we have to get, we needed them to be as cheap as possible.
In order to get a prescription for malaria medication, you must have a travel consultation. This was $65, but I met with a very nice women who went over all the vaccines, prescriptions and precautions we need to do before and during our trip. The process was a little overwhelming because there is so much information on the diseases in each of the areas we will be traveling to and the list of precautions/immunizations were quickly adding up. $515 is what I spent on this office visit, I will have to go back a few more times before we leave and possibly spend another $500. Unfortunately, insurance doesn’t cover most of these vaccines.
Based on her recommendations though, here are the shots I received or will be receiving in the future:
Hepatitis A (2 shot dose) – $40.00 per dose – got first shot, have to go back in 6 months for second
Hepatitis B (3 shot dose) – $45.00 per dose – already had first 2 shots from before college, just got last dose
Adult Polio – $45.00 – got this one
Meningococcal (Meningitis) – $125.00 – got this one
Typhoid – $55.00 – I chose the oral version for this, it was one less shot, it was less expensive and it is good for 5 years vs. 2 years for the shot
Tetanus – $45.00 – mine was expiring this year, got updated shot
Yellow Fever – $95.00 – there is a national shortage of this vaccine so I have to go back next week and get it when it is available. You go in with a group of 5 people so they can administer the vile at the same time for everyone. Once the vile is open, it is only good for an hour and each one contains 5 doses.
They also recommend we get Japanese Encephalitis (2 shot dose) – $240.00 per dose – we are not sure we are getting this yet. And of course, Rabies (3 shot dose) – $220.00 per dose – I don’t think we are getting this, we will do our best to stay away from stray animals!!
Prescriptions for Doxycycline (for Malaria), Ciprofloxacin (for Traveler’s Diarrhea) and possibly one for Diamox (for altitude sickness while trekking) – not sure on the cost yet for our prescriptions
Traveling for one year around the world- PRICELESS!
Jason will be going in January for his set of shots, he is waiting for some flex spending money through his insurance so the payment will be with tax-free money. Everything is moving forward and in motion (or at least I hope so since I just spent $515 on shots!!)…only 7 more months to go!
Jason brought home this movie last night called A Map for Saturday. It is a documentary about a young guy from NY who quits his good paying job as a TV Producer to travel the world for 1 year. I had never heard of it before, but as soon as I read the back cover, I was so excited to watch it. It was awesome to watch him document the things and experiences we will be going through next year. I highly recommend people take the time to watch it, even if you are not considering long term travel. For more information, visit www.amapforsaturday.com, here is a quick synopses:
On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. A MAP FOR SATURDAY reveals a world of long-term, solo travel through the stories of trekkers on four continents.
The documentary finds backpackers helping neglected Thai tsunami victims. It explains why Nepal’s guesthouses are empty and Brazil’s stoplights are ignored.
But at its core, SATURDAY tracks the emotional arc of extreme long-term travelers; teenagers and senior citizens who wondered, “What would it be like to travel the world?” Then did it.
If you are wondering where to find this movie, look at your local library. Jason found it on-line and when he realized the local library did not have it available, he requested it. They ordered it in (even though it took several months) and we were able to check it out for 7 days for free.
This brings me to my next point. The library is such a great resource! We have checked out stacks of travel books to learn more about the places we are going. This allows us read up on each specific region or location without buying travel guides. I am sure at one point we will need to buy a few, but this lets us browse before we buy. Normally for short trips, Jason always pulls out a Lonely Planet for the area we are heading, they are a great resource that you can return to the library when your trip is over and all for free! If you have not been to your local library, I suggest you go check it out!!
So it has been a little while since I blogged last, sorry about that! The last month was a bit crazy for both Jason and I. We took a week long vacation through the mountains of CO which was wonderful. It was a warm up for this trip as we camped the majority of the time and only got 2 showers in a 7 day period. I have a feeling that might happen while on the road next year as well.
But, back to details about our trip, Jason submitted his passport to get renewed a few weeks ago and I sent mine in to get extra visa pages and we both got them back really fast. I was actually surprised at how quickly they made their way back to our house. Thank you to the government for processing them quickly! Hopefully I will have enough pages for all the stamps and visas we get along the way.