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Vaccination Hell

Ok, so I said I’d write a post about the vaccines I’m getting for my trip so here is my first attempt.  Almost a week later and I’m still not a 100% from my 4 vaccines in 1 go.  On top of that, I started an oral typhoid vaccine on Friday.  You have to take one pill every other day for a week (4 pills).  So far my side effects with that vaccine have been headache, nausea, and light-headedness. It cost $67 USD.  The 4 I got last Monday were Hepatitis B (the first in a series of 3) for $85 USD, MMR Booster for $98 USD, Pneumococcal for $90 USD, and Yellow Fever for $135 USD.  I also got a TB test for $40 USD and the office visit cost $58 USD.  The side effects I experienced with these vaccines were, to put it bluntly, severe.  Within an hour, I had started shaking uncontrollably. I had a high fever and intense body chills that felt like my body was being scraped by brillo pads.  I was slightly delirious, had no appetite and was thirsty all the time.  It was horrible. 

I was supposed to get another 2 vaccines on Wednesday, but I was still feeling like shit and when I came in to get my TB test read, the nurse took one look at me and said “You aren’t getting any vaccines today”.   

I have another 3 vaccines to get before I leave. One of them is the 2nd Hep B shot.  I can’t remember what the other 2 are, probably because I became violently ill after the appointment.  

As I said, still not fully recovered, so I think I’ll end it there.  Bleehhhhhh.

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1, 2 punch

Today I had my comprehensive travel vaccination appointment.  I knew the vaccines were going to be expensive, but holy shit.  Wasn’t planning on this expensive.  The first 4 (out of 8) and a tb test came to a grand total of $506. YIKES!  

That’s the first punch….

The second was how sick they made me.  I could barely drive back, I was feeling so crappy.  I almost threw up in Whole Foods when I stopped for some groceries to get me through the week.  By the time I got back to my house, I was shaking so hard that I kept spilling my water all over me.  Putting on my softest pjs was agony — they felt like tiny needles scraping my skin and putting my arms up was nearly impossible.  My body was telling me that it was freezing, but when I put my hand on my head, arm, leg, core, my senses told me I was burning up. I laid in my bed under a sheet, a comforter, a fleece blanket and a throw blanket with the heat turned up to 77 degrees F and still felt like I was making a snow angel in my bikini.  

It’s been about 8 hours now since I got the shots and I’m finally starting to feel back to normal.  I’ve never had that kind of reaction to vaccinations before so maybe I was already coming down with something or maybe it was just the combination of vaccines that sent my body into overdrive.  One thing’s for sure.  I’m very glad that I didn’t try to get more of them today.  

Lesson learned: When getting your travel vacs, make sure you give yourself time to recover from them…and maybe have someone drive you to and from the appt. so you don’t wreck if you have a bad reaction..

Wednesday I get 2 more as well as getting my TB test read. I’ll keep yall updated.  When I’m feeling better, I’ll write a post on which vacs I got and why as well as a cost breakdown so you can have a better idea of what to expect than I did..

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