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. I’d heard of most of them but not the Japanese B Encephalitis virus. It’s carried by mosquitos and is a serious infection of the brain. It’s also a very expensive vaccination! Here’s the list of what we need:

  • TB
  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus
  • Diptheria
  • Japanese B Encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Yellow Fever

We’ve not worked out the total cost – some are free – but we think it will be £200 each!

Oh and that doesn’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 it’s fun thinking about the havoc that can be caused by (eg) Plasmodium falciparum.

Kind of makes you not want to go!

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