Tuesday, 31 July 2012
So for those of you who've ever travelled to exotic climes, you would know that with a round-the-world trip comes a lot of jabs. Those of you who haven't, here's my advice: There are a lot of jabs and it is expensive!
I wanted to get ahead early so I have had my doctors appointments to plan my trip and what may be needed, I have one more to go to get my Hep B Booster and I have visited the private travel clinic more times than I'd have liked. But as they say, what's a few injections over your health, and maybe even life?
Some advice to anyone who's ever going to do a route like mine, or an around the world trip, is get started early and make sure you have the cash you need in advance - start saving a few months before you plan on booking them! Mine is probably going to total around £5-600. There is no point booking them if you aren't aware of how much you will need to fork out, because, I'm not going to lie, it will always be a shock every time you hand over your card for each jab, even if you have the money available!
The first thing is to book your consultation with your doctor/nurse first, they can tell you what you are up-to-date with and what they can provide at the surgery (which normally isn't much). They'll also probably be cheaper to get any boosters or Hep A's and B's with as a private clinic will charge almost double the price for these. When you are there, make sure you request a print-out of your vaccination history, as this is needed at the travel clinic...
Want to find out more about the vaccination process and what you may need? Read the full entry on my personal blog site: Xtina, A Backpack and a Lonely Planet: http://roundtheworldthextinaway.blogspot.co.uk/2012_07_01_archive.html
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