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At the moment, I’m one of those dummies. But as I go through the process myself, I intend to share what I’ve learned with you! First off, to find out what shots you need to visit a certain country, check out the CDC Travel Site and click on a country.
Travel shots can add up quickly. To save some money, don’t go to your regular doctor. They might be nice & friendly, but they are also usually the most expensive. In the USA, you can get cheaper vaccinations if you go to your local county’s Health Clinic. It might feel like you’re waiting in line at the bus station, but they shoot you up with the same exact goodies, at a discount!
If they don’t give you one, make sure to ask the doctor for a yellow vaccination card. It keeps track of what you’ve got, and when you need more. Some countries may want to see this with your passport before they let you in.
You don’t have to get all your shots in your own country. Depending on where you’re traveling to, you should be able to get some of the vaccinations when you get there. Just make sure you take into account the time it takes for the shots to become effective. This tip is geared more for people who are taking an extended trip to many different countries.
The key is to go to a Red Cross center, or the Consulate. This ensure’s you’re getting the real thing, and not just motor oil in a syringe. It may not be possible to do this everywhere. Do a little internet research and make a call or two to make sure, but if you can get them in a cheaper country, it will save you a ton of money. The same shots can be 70%-90% cheaper! Let’s go Obama! I want cheaper meds here too! :)
Shots I Received in the United States:
Hepatitis A #1: $40
Hepatitis A #2: $40
You don’t need to buy travel medications in your home country, chances are high you’ll find them easier and cheaper in the countries you’re traveling to.
The general antibiotic Ciprofloxacin can be bought over the counter almost everywhere. Same with malaria prevention medication like Doxycycline. Don’t bother packing your own, it will just take up space. Buy it there when you need it.