With just 74 days to go (!) we thought we’d best investigate just what jabs, vaccinations, antedotes & spider serums we may need for our big trip.
Fortunately (for me) I completely went to town when I went off travelling in 2004 & had the full mashings & boosters too. So, I’m pretty much covered. However, unfortunately Lina, has to have the lot, (apart from Swine Flu!)
So, we trotted along to see the Nurse yesterday & got some tiptop advice. Working through the countries we will cross, we discovered that would possibly need the following:
- Hepatitis A & B
- MMR (Monster Measles epidemic in the Ukraine apparently).
- Rabies (After a typical human infection by bite, the virus enters the peripheral nervous system. It then travels along the nerves toward the central nervous system. During this phase, the virus cannot be easily detected within the host, and vaccination may still confer cell-mediated immunity to prevent symptomatic rabies. When the virus reaches the brain, it rapidly causes encephalitis. This is called the prodromal phase, and is the beginning of the symptoms. Once the patient becomes symptomatic, treatment is almost never effective and mortality is over 99%. )
- Tick-borne Encephalitis (The disease is incurable once manifested, so there is no specific drug therapy. Symptomatic brain damage requires hospitalization and supportive care based on syndrome severity.)
- Japanese Encephalitis (maybe).
Some are free, some are not quite free (quoted £65 x 3 for Rabies and £42 x 2, for TBE).
A small price to pay, rather than catching the lurgy itself!