Vaccinations, Medications & Medical Evacuation

If your son or daughter wants to become a doctor, I strongly suggest travel medicine.  He or she will earn a darn good living!  Our visit to travel clinic set us back $1080 (not covered by medical insurance).  And after we left the pharmacy, it was another $1229.  But especially if you’re traveling with kids, you can’t skimp on safety.

If you’re traveling abroad, you can check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s website for a list of recommended vaccinations.  Given the span of our trip, we needed just about everything:  (Some vaccinations were already up-to-date.)

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid

In addition, we were prescribed Acetazolamide for altitude sickness in Nepal, Atovaquone-Proguanil for malaria prevention in Cambodia/Nepal/Tanzania, and Azithromycin for when we eat street food that we shouldn’t have!  Throw in some melatonin for jet lag, ibuprofen for headaches, and Pepto Bismol for more unadvised street food, and I’m a walking pharmacy.

Only one question remains:  will I get this bag of drugs through airport security checkpoints around the world?  Time will tell.  (Note:  You must keep prescribed drugs in their original containers.)

My stash of prescribed drugs.

My stash of prescribed drugs.

Before you set out, make sure to have a conversation with your medical insurance provider about where you can get treatment in case of an emergency.  You’ll need a 24/7 hotline number plus your insurance policy numbers.

Finally, because we will be traveling in some remote regions, we purchased our own medical evacuation insurance through MedJet Assist for $375.

Now, let’s cross our fingers and hope that NOTHING HAPPENS!

 

 

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