A Day of Prevention
We have put off immunizations and requests for medication until this week. Today, we got our first Hepatitis A & B and Diphtheria/Tetanus. Hepatitis A needs 2 weeks to offer full protection . . . hopefully, we won't have any problems. I may be able to get typhoid from my general practitioner. That needs to be taken over the course of 6 days.
CDC also recommends rabies - no thanks!
My GP has prescribed Cipro and a sleeping pill to help with the jet lag. We also have melatonin, so we are pretty much covered for sleep :). The international adoption doctor also prescribed some things to take along for the baby as well as syringes in case anyone needs injections or blood draws.
A tip for those who haven't traveled yet - go to your county health department for the Hepatitis series & Diphtheria/Tetanus. It was $77 for those shots. From what I have read and heard, travel clinic are much more expensive and insurance does not always cover these shots.
I have talked to people who have gotten shots and not had any problems. I have also spoken with those who skipped them all together and were fine as well. My thinking was I didn't want to take a chance.
It does seem like the Cipro is really important. I have read about a number of PAPs who have gotten sick - sinus infections, stomach "issues", even food poisoning - and the Cipro seemed to knock out whatever ailed them.
Less than a week until our encounter with germs halfway around the world!
P.S. Thanks for all of you who left comments for my "Roll Call" post. If you haven't let me know you are still out there - please do. Thanks!
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