I’m a human pin cushion – well that’s how it felt today when I went for my first set of travel shots for Tanzania. I’ve never been a big fan of injections (well who is?) but to be fair the experience wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I’d imagined – just a few little pricks and I was done for this month. Here’s what I’ve been getting protection against:
- Hepatitis A & B – Liver complaints and given I’m fundraising for PSC and have seen at first hand the impact liver disease can have this was a “no brainer”. It needs 2 follow up shots after 1 month and 6 months but the first 2 will cover me for my June trip to Kilimanjaro. Covered by the UK NHS.
- Measles/Mumps /Rubella – 2 shots so I need to go back in a month. Not normally needed but there was no record of me having these as a child on the system so they gave them “just in case” I hadn’t had them. Covered by the UK NHS.
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio – single shot which lasts 10 years. Covered by the UK NHS.
- Typhoid – Tablets but needed to be bought from a pharmacy after getting a private prescription (£15 from my GP).
- Cholera – Liquid but needed to be bought from a pharmacy after getting a private prescription.
- Malaria – Prescribed Malarone tablets which you just need to start taking 1-2 days before travel , whilst you’re away and for 7 days once home. Needed to be bought from a pharmacy after getting a private prescription?
I didn’t get a sticker from the nurse for being a big brave boy though…