Vaccinations, Pre-Travel

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Yellow Fever Symptoms:

  • The majority of persons infected with yellow fever virus have no illness or only mild illness.
  • In persons who develop symptoms, the incubation period (time from infection until illness) is typically 3–6 days.
  • The initial symptoms include sudden onset of fever, chills, severe headache, back pain, general body aches, nausea, and vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. Most persons improve after the initial presentation.
  • After a brief remission of hours to a day, roughly 15% of cases progress to develop a more severe form of the disease. The severe form is characterized by high fever, jaundice, bleeding of the eyes, and eventually shock and failure of multiple organs.

 

Definitely time for shots!!

I don’t plan on purchasing travelers insurance, so I need to be prepared for the worst. Some countries in Africa actually require you to be vaccinated against certain diseases such as Yellow Fever.

I was given some vaccinations for MMR and Polio when I was a child, so I won’t be needing any of those. Well, here we go, time to make appointments. CVS looks like they have the MMR vaccines, along with some others, however I don’t see one for Yellow Fever.

After some digging around, I found an apothecary that charges 341.99 for the inoculation. This does not include a 79.99 fee for seeing the doctor. WOMP! That’s a lot of money. Luckily, Walgreens has the exact same vaccine, but they only charged me 159.99 with no additional fees. Yay! So, I went on in and got shot in my left arm. Later that day I felt sore, and a little bit nauseated, but it has since been five days and I am feeling quite fine =]

 

Time for more research =]

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