Becs has just booked us in for our Yellow fever jab. This one is a must for Kenya apparently.
We visited the Nurse at the local GP a couple of weeks ago, and the list of jabs and drugs that you need to take for the countries that we are visiting is unbelievable. Iâ€™d heard of most of them but not the Japanese B Encephalitis virus. Itâ€™s carried by mosquitos and is a serious infection of the brain. Itâ€™s also a very expensive vaccination! Hereâ€™s the list of what we need:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A
- Japanese B Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
Weâ€™ve not worked out the total cost – some are free – but we think it will be Â£200 each!
Oh and that doesnâ€™t include malaria tablets (of which you can choose from 3: lariam, doxycycline or the new and expensive malarone).
I could write a lot about diseases and stuff, we both did it on our zoology courses so itâ€™s fun thinking about the havoc that can be caused by (eg) Plasmodium falciparum.
Kind of makes you not want to go!