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Nov 7, 2011

Vaccins around the world


Here we go: a few months before I depart, I have to start worrying about...vaccines! I went to a travel clinic in Lyon. There I met a doctor to talk about the many jabs I need and I even had my first injections: one for Typhoid and the other for yellow fever.


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Here we go: a few months before I depart, I have to start worrying about...vaccines! I went to a travel clinic in Lyon. There I met a doctor to talk about the many jabs I need and I even had my first injections: one for Typhoid and the other for yellow fever.

Vaccines are quite expensive on the whole and represent an important part of a world tour budget – the total cost being approximately £400. Of course you don't have to do all of them – it depends on your itinerary – but they are strongly recommended. Check if you already had a vaccination for Hepatitis B, that was the case for me so I didn't have to do it again.

When I got back to London in September I went to see my GP and he gave me the Meningitis A and C for free which was a surprise for me as in France this vaccine costs about £35! Then I started to check the travel clinic in London and to compare the price of their vaccines which considerably vary from one clinic to another. It's worth taking time to compare the fees- which most times are indicated on the clinics' website if not don't hesitate to call them.

I've finally chosen First Contact clinic. Even though the quality of their reception and advice are rather appalling, I don't think I could have found any cheaper vaccines! For example three jabs for rabies cost about £128 in France, I'm only going to pay £60 (£20 per jab) with this clinic! It should be noted that for this price the effectiveness of the vaccine will only last a year.The nurse I had spoken to in Lyon recommended me to have a vaccine against japanese encephalitis as well (2 jabs, 77 each..glup!) but after much thought I've decided not to have this vaccine. According to my research it's a very rare illness that is passed on to humans from animals (pigs and wading birds) through the bite of an infected mosquito. According to the NHS website there is less than one case of JE for every million travellers and only two cases have been reported in the UK: one in 1982 and the other in 1994...Which should give me a fair chance not to be the third on the list!

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