Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hot Shots

In preparation for my trip I decided to get some immunizations. I found the CDC website useful in determining what immunizations I might need for South America. My friend Dave took a trip to Bolivia earlier in the year and he recommended that I get my shots at a RediClinic.
RediClinic facilities offer a walk-in basis alternative to a doctors office or emergency room visit for patients seeking help with common medical conditions such as colds, throat infections and minor ailments. But they also provide preventive care services such as health screenings, physical exams and immunizations.

So I dropped in and brought with me a long list of immunizations...
Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, Meningitis, Japanese. B Encephalitis, Diphtheria and Rabies.
After talking with the Physician Assistant I decided to only get Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus and Diphtheria. I wanted to get Yellow Fever, Typhoid and Rabies, but Yellow Fever and Typhoid was going to be an out of pocket expense of $200. And the PA said that Rabies wasn't necessary. Hmmm...I'll have to check with my insurance company to see if they'll pick these up. I also had blood drawn to run some basic test.
The nurse chose her weapons and went to work.
Left arm - Blood drawn
Left Shoulder - Tetanus/Diphtheria

Right Shoulder - HepA and HepB

Just a few pricks here and there. No tears. All in all it was a quick and easy visit. I still want to go back for more... the Yellow Fever and Rabies.


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