Look away now if you don’t like needles…

8 Apr

Yesterday I visited the Trailfinders Travel Clinic to ask advice about vaccinations. The doctor said we should have pretty much everything available, especially the children. I’m slightly worried about jabbing them with so many needles, but she said that it was all perfectly safe and much better than them getting ill. Here’s what she recommended with Trailfinders prices:

1. MMR for children as there is current epidemic of measles in SEA – already done
2. Typhoid, lasts for 3 years and costs £25pp
3. Diptheria/Tetanus/Polio – children up to date, adults may need top up
4. Hepatitis A, one dose lasts for 1 year, two doses last for up to 25 years, £49 a shot
5. Rabies, three shots each, £43 a shot
6. Hepatits B, three shots each over a minimum two month period, £29 a shot. This one is the only one she said was possibly optional as it’s transmitted by bodily fluids. However, she said that if the children were playing with a child who had it and grazed their knee, they had a good chance of catching it. So I think we probably should.
7. Japanese Encephalitis, two shots each, a month apart, £75 a shot
8. Malaria pills. For the children she recommends Malarone which costs £1.50 a tablet for children and £3.75 a tablet for adults. One good thing about Malarone is that you only have to take it for one day before you enter a malarial region and seven days after you leave. Some malaria medications have to be taken for at least a month after you leave. The only places we might be visiting that are malarial are Laos, inland Borneo and Siam Reap in Cambodia, so we’d only have to take it for a few weeks in total.

Now, if you add that lot up, and times by five, as I did, you get to over £2,000. Eeek. However, I have since found out that we can get some for free at our GP, so hopefully the bill won’t be quite so huge. Otherwise the smallest child will be swimming across the Atlantic. And I’m not sure the doctor would approve.


8 Responses to “Look away now if you don’t like needles…”

  1. carolinesweetie 08/04/2010 at 4:08 pm #

    If I was going to do what you are doing I would take all of the above. Sounds wise. And if you make that child swim the Atlantic I WILL call social services, its just too cold and too far. Hopefully your GP can provide most, I imagine except the encephalitis one. Make sure you sit down and work out the vaccination regime cos live vaccines must be given at the same time or 6 weeks apart. Also the Hepatitis vacines need time between them

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/04/2010 at 4:09 pm #

      Thank you, glad to hear you agree. I need a spreadsheet I think…

  2. cartside 08/04/2010 at 4:19 pm #

    I got typhoid, malaria and hepatitis (not sure which) for free on NHS – a few years ago but hopefully that will cut costs!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/04/2010 at 4:39 pm #

      Yes, the GP’s receptionist mentioned typhoid and Hep A, she wasn’t sure about which others. I need to give the nurse a call.

  3. Brit In Bosnia 08/04/2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Def worth asking at the GPs . We got most of those done but not malaria or Jap encephalitis. It is expensive! Hope the kids are ok with injections.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 08/04/2010 at 5:03 pm #

      Yes and no. The girl is fine with needles, the youngest boy not too bad and the middle boy shockingly bad. I usually have to bribe copiously with chocolate for a single injection. For this number of jabs, the chocolate is going to cost almost as much as the jabs.

  4. Mummy Mania 08/04/2010 at 7:42 pm #

    wow – that is steep – BUT, I got malaria in Borneo and its not something you want to risk for the kids….. mmm, maybe you could eat rice for a month! Better safe than sorry.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 09/04/2010 at 9:05 am #

      Oh my, how horrible. My father grew up in Africa, so I’ve always been aware of malaria and the importance of malarial pills. My parents wouldn’t consider visiting a malarial region without taking them and nor would I. We are very lucky that we can afford such things and are not worrying about protecting our children without pills and nets.

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