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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Getting Your Shots and Staying Healthy in Ethiopia

Here is the link to the Center for Disease Control's recommended shots and vaccinations before traveling to Ethiopia.

Health Information for Travelers to Ethiopia

If you are traveling with us, please read the article. In short, the CDC recommends that all travelers to Ethiopia be vaccinated for MMR, DPT, polio, Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, meningitis, yellow fever and rabies. Also, we should plan to bring meds for malaria (the Howletts will bring malarone, for example).

Some of these vaccinations are sort of  "standard" in the U.S., so you should simply confirm that you are up-to-date.

I saw elsewhere online that someone got several of these shots for just $4 at her County Health Department. The out-of-pocket cost for the same shot at her local travel clinic was $175. If your health insurance doesn't cover all of these vaccinations, I recommend shopping around--call your County Health Department, call your primary care physician, call a clinic like the ones at WalGreens or Costco, and call a local travel clinic. It might be worth it to visit a few providers and save some money!

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