Friday, 4 September 2009

Yellow Fever or no Yellow Fever?

Finally visited the nurse at my GP's practice to start what I thought would be a long and painful (wallet-wise) process of vaccinations for the trip to Nepal. I went with a long list of recommendations from the Expedition handbook; Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Polio, Diphtheria, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Meningitis and Japanese B Encephalitis! When I made the appointment, the receptionist even joked "are you sure you want to go?" and I did wonder!

Fortunately, it was a lot simpler, and cheaper than I thought. I had the Hep A/Typhoid combined jab, and the 3 in 1 option of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio, all for free! I was advised there was no need for the Yellow Fever as I wasn't really going to be there long enough, and there was no need for the Meningitis and Japanese B.

That just left the Rabies - a series of 3 jabs over a period of 7, 14 and 28 days, for a sum of £125 if I pay for all three up front - bargain! As I didn't have the cash for it at the time, I'll be starting them next week.