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.