Malaria Cases - Liberia Peacekeepers

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Sep 11th, 2003, 09:01 AM
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Getting Hep A and B should be no problem at all. Check out pneumonia as well, and tetnus and typhoid.
 
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Sep 11th, 2003, 09:51 AM
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hlp -

Yellow Fever is obtainable at a Travel Clinic some afficialted with a hospital or a public health clinic - it is costly. And for this innoc you receive a Yellow Booklet which you should have with your when traveling to country that requires same. There is also room in the booklet to list the other innocs you've had, as well as the malaria meds you've taken. Yellow Fever innoc good for 10 yrs.

Heb A & B (now available in a combined innoc) can be obtained at your general practicioners office - these also good for 10 yrs.

Tetanus - also obtainable from your general practioner - good for 10 yrs.

I have also had a Polio booster, should be good for many years.

The above innoculations all serve you well at home, so it's not a waste of money.

I have not had Thyphoid, nor Rabies.

You should also know what your blood-type is and that of any traveling companion - you never know.

I don't recall, are you traveling to Southern Africa or East Africa. If the latter and visiting both Kenya and Tanzania and transfering by road, you'll need the Yellow Fever. It's a Tanzania reqirements, however, f arriving direct to Tanzania (Kilamanjaro) by plane it's not necessary. Can be most confusing.

 
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Sep 11th, 2003, 10:25 AM
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Thanks! We are traveling from NBO to Kilimanjaro by plane, so that's great news. My GP doesn't carry Hep A in their office (only Hep B), so I'm working on a Plan B to take your advice and go through a travel clinic instead.
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Sep 11th, 2003, 12:46 PM
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Not to be extreme, but some carry their own syringes - you can purchase (with a prescription) a package of them, but you'll need a note from your doctor to have available when going through security.

You'd have your own available if you needed an injection during your trip.
 
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Sep 11th, 2003, 01:45 PM
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Hlp - be sure to price the yellow fever shot before you make the appt. There are some special public health facilities that give the shot at a lower cost than a travel doctor or clinic (I say "special" because there are few places that give the shot). I just about fainted when I was given a bill of $700 (for several shots and some meds) at a travel doctor. But, he was very convenient, and he had current computer access to the latest info as well as some extras. Insurance may reimburse for some vaccinations as well.
Latest news on Liberia is about 1/4 of the soldiers have malaria and the doctors are trying to determine why the medicine wasn't more effective.
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Sep 12th, 2003, 05:06 AM
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hlp -
surprising that your doctor only has Hep B, that's for blood borne transfer and is usually only recommended for people traveling for the long term who come into close contact with locals - i.e., NGOs, Peace Corp, doctors, nurses, etc.; while Hep A is more common which can be transfered by a kitchen worker who forgot to wash hands before leaving a bathroom.

And with the new combined A/B, all physicians should have this available.

As Clematis mentions - check prices for Yellow Fever which can range from $60 - $150. Public Health Clinics are your best best, though last year, lots of the clinics were out of Tetanus???

The reason I mention your own primary physician (if you work thru an HMO) is that the doctor can pass (code) it as "preventive meds" (and you only pay your co-pay) and say nothing about "travel" - HMOs go ballistic when they see anything re travel and refuse to pay.

Unless you have diabetes or some other desease where you need regular injections - leave any and all syringes at home - don't even think about it.
 
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