Getting Vaccinated for Travel
It didn’t occur to me when I started planning my trip to Panama and Colombia, that I would have to (or should) get vaccinations. It was one of my friends who mentioned it. For some reason, my brain only associated vaccinations with SE Asia.
I work near Northwestern University Medical Center so I’ve been going to various physicians in that practice group since I moved to Chicago. When I called my general practicioner, the office referred me to the travel clinic. Travel clinic! So fast, so easy, they sit you down, ask where you’re going, assess the areas, your health, and what you’ll be doing. Then, they recommend the vaccinations and inject you, then you pay and you’re on your way with an envelope of information as well as that little yellow card up in my photo. I’ve dubbed that my vaccination passport. :)
For my trip, the travel nurse recommended Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever, and Typhoid vaccinations. I also recieved a list of things to remember about eating and drinking (because of the water) and a prescription for an antibiotic in case i get sick and over the counter meds don’t work.
Overall, this was a quick and rather painless (all things considered) process. I was worried about getting vaccinations and having a reaction, but so far so good. The moral of this story is, no matter where you’re planning to go, make sure you check to see if you need vaccinations and get them! It isn’t so bad and the Yellow Fever vaccination that I received is for life - so many of them probably are lifelong now as well.