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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Hepatitis A& B and Yellow Fever Vaccinations

I recently went in for the I'm almost 40 years old physical. While talking to my doctor, I shared our adventure plans. The doctor) asked about my vaccinations and if they were up-to-date. After a little discussion it was determined that I needed a tetanus booster and that the doctor would order blood work to determine if I had any immunity to Hepatitis A &B.

The tetanus booster ended up being Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis). My blood work showed that I had no immunity to Hepatitis A nor Hepatitis B. So, this past Thursday, I started my Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccination series. I received two shots, one in each arm. I was a real trooper, the girls watched. To our good fortune, the Hepatitis A & B vaccinations were provided by our health insurance company for free. We love Kaiser!

I've also been searching for a provider for the Yellow Fever vaccination. The local travel clinics want $250 per person, for the vaccination. I thought, "WOW! That's a lot of money for a vaccination". After a little more research, I discovered that our local health department also offers the Yellow Fever vaccination. The health department's price to vaccinate our entire family is $540, which includes a $100 consultation fee. I guess the extra $460 that the travel clinic would have charged us was for the convenience. We will not be paying for the convenience.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you shared this information. Eric and I have been thinking about getting on board with our vaccination schedules as we plan to leave in about two years. I'll definitely be searching around for the cheapest options as well. Thanks!


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