This is Gonna Hurt ...
... the pocketbook, that is
World travel opens you up to many new experiences, not the least of which is exposure to a variety of diseases, some more dangerous than others. So when we decided it was time to travel around the world, we knew there would be some vaccination involved. We just didn't know the volume of vaccinations we'd need ... or how much it would set us back.
Over the course of a month, the parents (Sam & Tom) received 10 vaccinations — seven of them on the first day (it would have been eight, but we opted for the oral Typhoid fever vaccine).
Kids today are much better vaccinated than we were, so Frankie & Jackie only had to get seven shots each over the course of a month. It would have only been four, but we opted to get them vaccinated for Rabies. Our kids love animals, so after much discussion, the Rabies vaccine seemed like a good idea, but it was a series of three shots that totaled almost $1,000 (but it's good for life).
So now we're covered against Yellow fever, Typhoid fever, and Japanese Encephalitis (really rare, the doctor told us, but if you manage to survive it, you'll almost certainly suffer from neurological damage), in addition to Hepatitis A & B, Polio, Measles, and, of course, Tetanus.
We also have a few kits to help treat Malaria, should we be unfortunate enough to contract it, and a few kits to treat diarrhea.
- Total shots: 34 (plus oral Typhoid)
- Total cost: A little over $7,000