One of the Hidden Costs of Travel

by brian on January 25, 2009

One of the hidden costs of travel, especially when you go to developing nations, is the cost of booster shots and immunizations.

Since the spring of 2007, I have gotten shots for the following exotic and not so exotic ailments:

Yellow Fever (for a trip to Ghana last summer)
Japanese Encephalitis (3 separate shots, one a week for three weeks)
Hepatitis A (2 shots)
Measles Booster
Polio Booster

needle One of the Hidden Costs of TravelMost of the shots were $100+US per shot, plus the visit to the office to receive it.

For Americans, the easiset way to find a travel doctor is by using the CDC.GOV website and find Travel Clinics.

For Cambodia I had to get malarone for malaria prevention. Each pill was $8.50 and required a pill a day starting two days before I got the malaria prone region, one per day while there and and one pill for seven days after leaving the country.

When you travel there is a very SMALL risk of catching a crazy form of cooties that you hear about on the news. But the most common problem when traveling is an upset stomach and diarrhea. That either comes for undercooked food, the water used to wash or prepare food,or your stomach just not being used to the spices. Always take some Immodium and consult your doctor about some type of anti bacterial like cipro to combat any stomach bug.

No one’s vacation need be ruined because you can’t leave your hostel/hotel bathroom…

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Jeremy Jones January 25, 2009 at 11:55 AM

What is your take/doctors rec on the Japanese Encephalitis? Everything I have read has thrown this into the optional category rather than absolutely necessary like Yellow Fever or Hep A/B. Same for the malaria pills in Cambodia. That one is news to me.

My list right now has Hep A, Hep B, Yellow Fever, and Typhoid. I just recently got a Tetanus shot so I am ok there.


d.a. January 25, 2009 at 9:58 PM

Hi! I got my postcard from Paris today–thanks a lot!



brian January 26, 2009 at 4:09 AM

Cambodia still had some outbreaks of malaria. See the page

Malaria risk area in Cambodia: Risk throughout the country, including risk in the temple complex at Angkor Wat. No risk in Phnom Penh and around Lake Tonle Sap.

Japanese Encephalitis is also prevalent in some regions of Cambodia also. Got to read all the fine print on the CDC website.

The French are super quick with the mail. I dropped those in the mail on Wednesday.


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