September 02, 2005

Cost of jabs so far – £270 – OUCH

So I just said that I should be writing blogs about my jab preparation for India, because it's turning into quite a little mini drama.

This drama revolves more around the pain of handing over money and less about the temporary pain of the injection followed by a week of bizarre side effects.

So this week: cost so far – £270 – OUCH OUCH OUCH

  • Hep B – 3 jabs – roughly £120 – have had 2 of the 3 so far (no side effects – hurrah)
  • Rabies – £75 – 3 jabs – start tonight, and worry if I start foaming at the mouth and looking more crazy than usual
  • Meningitis ACWY - a mere 1 jab for a bargain £25 – side effects? Cheap and tacky – immediately starting sniveling, then ached all over – I can now semi-claim to have survived meningitis – haha
  • Japanese B Encephalitis – sounds horrible – is horrible – 3 jabs – £100 – took bloody ages to get it from the chemist because it's not registered in the UK - had to have it on prescription, but everyone tells me I need it – side effects? Don't yet know. Start tonight – BUT - after this jab you have to stay within contact of medical help for 10 days in case of delayed reaction – AND - BAD PLANNING - you're not supposed to drink much alcohol for 48 hours – but it's the weekend!!!!

Anti-malarials? Dread to think how much they'll cost and what horrible dreams and baldness I may suffer. Trevor Seeley kindly told me that he had dreams about being squished by a giant cobra when he was on anti-malarials. Whooppee.

But alack. It has to be done. Can't wait to get out there.


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  1. Mathew Mannion

    I got all my China jabs for free… Mainly by only having a week's notice and only going to the nurse's 2 days before and so not being able to have anything actually useful

    02 Sep 2005, 14:44

  2. All I'll say to that is hmph. Luckily I'd already had all the freebies a couple of years ago for a trip to Kenya that was cancelled by Al Queda.

    02 Sep 2005, 15:02

  3. Mathew Mannion

    Rabies jabs are completely useless by the way, you still have to go to a hospital within 24 hours. Malaria tablets will cost about £50 a week I think…

    02 Sep 2005, 15:06

  4. I'm off to South Africa in 6 days time and have had some of the same jabs as you:

    • Hep B
    • Polio booster
    • Tetenus (sic?) booster
    • Typhoid fever

    These didn't cost a penny though. I've got my malaria prescription too (getting the private prescription was free) for Doxycyclin (sic?) which should set me back about £20. However, something like Malarone which you don't have to take for as long is much more expensive 7 tablets a week at about £4 a time! I've heard Doxycyclin is a good, but you've got to take them for 4 weeks after you come back :(

    02 Sep 2005, 15:20

  5. Rabies jabs aren't at all useless. I know you have to get to a hospital, but already having the pre-travel jab saves you a lot more pain and horrible further jabs. A woman just died of the disease having been nipped by a puppy – she hadn't had the vaccine. I feel it necessary. India has one of the highest rates in the world. And "vaccination before exposure does no eliminate the need for treatment after infection, but it simplifies treatment and may provide protection after unrecognised exposure".

    02 Sep 2005, 15:25

  6. Kieran – you're lucky – I had all those free ones too a whole back.

    Yeah, I think anti-malarials are going to be a lot. I think they recommend different varieties depending where you're going. Apparently with whatever I'm having it's a week before going and then a month on return. And there are 2 sorts have to take – one daily plus a weekly. Nice!

    Have a great time in South Africa!!!

    02 Sep 2005, 15:31

  7. Mathew Mannion

    My own "Rabies vaccine" involved not going anywhere near the little ankle biting shits. Worked quite well…

    02 Sep 2005, 15:47

  8. Eugh, let's hope your trip is worth it!

    02 Sep 2005, 16:12

  9. Alison

    Your blog is hilarious. We laughed at it all!

    We've been far and wide including India (Goa) and never paid for anything except malaria tablets and they are quite cheap now (about £11 per person for a fortnights holiday).

    We are off to Vietnam next, so Malarone will cost us £59.30 + private prescription charge. Brazil next year requires yellow fever at £25 a shot (if you can get it as there's a shortage!).

    A tip I was given for India which was spot on relates to 'the runs' (I can't spell diah… – the shits). Forget any remedy that you can buy in the UK - it won't work and will cost about £3-£4 a pack. Get to India and go to the first chemist that you can and stand doing a good impression of a person in need of a toilet while rubbing your tummy. Tell the assistant that you have the runs and you'll be given a couple of yellow pills. Ask for a lot more pills (you'll get some strange looks but ignore them) and they'll give you sufficient to get you through anything at the cost of about 17p for the lot.

    Enjoy India…

    01 Oct 2005, 16:25

  10. samantha howard

    Flippin’ heck

    £25 for yellow fever? wish i’d had it then, i’m off to Kenya and its costing me £57.03!!!! Have heard a comment about some clinics giving it free? Has anyone heard this too?

    08 Sep 2006, 11:15

  11. anne

    I am going to India, hong Kong and China in november and i am told i have to have the japanese encephalitis jab. is it really necessary?

    13 Sep 2006, 16:26

  12. Michael Wilthew

    i hate u

    28 Sep 2006, 12:02

  13. Darren Smith

    Well the Yellow fever cost us £120 for 2 people. We have spent more than I imagined on jabs… The malaria tablets will cost us £250+ for the time we need them.. about 4 months in total, but everybody I have spoken to has said they have never taken them.

    I’ll have to have a skimmy around your blog as we are travelling for 12 months as of November. Check out www.shootingfish.co.uk (our travel blog)

    :) cya.

    05 Oct 2006, 18:52

  14. Jenni

    I am going to China for 7 months and have had typhoid, hepatitis a/b, jap b encephalitis and rabies – 9 injections for £95. Woopeee can’t wait! Have fun all where you are going! :)

    22 Nov 2006, 15:46

  15. Chaz

    Im about to go to the dominican republic, and been told different lists of what i need- no1 can give me a straight answer, and it seems that some ppl r payin a fortune 4 jabs whilst others r gettin it free (apart from malaria tablets- which again seem to range in price) Obviously i would like to be one of the latter, n pay little to nothing, so if some1 could please give me, and others, advice on where to go to get free jabs or how to go about gettin them i would b most grateful!
    Thanx

    29 Mar 2007, 06:35

  16. Chaz

    I got mine all done n dusted…. n i didnt pay a thing! i got all of mine on the NHS! awahoo! good luck to the rest of u who r confussed n have a fab time!

    03 Apr 2007, 01:16

  17. Hartanii

    I am off to India October 16th. Dont know what jabs to have. I am in my 60’s can I get them free on NHS. Would be greatful any help

    17 Aug 2007, 11:32

  18. Phil Bettley

    Hi, Where can I get ACWY from? My local travel clinic is proposing to charge £55 and I see from Helen she got it for £25. Thanks.

    21 Sep 2007, 12:02

  19. Kerensa b

    Hey peeps,

    I’m off to India for a month In Feb 2008, 2 months away.

    Just started to look into the jab situation but slowly finding out I may nees to have started 3 months before travel – is this true or can you leave them last minute-ish?

    Also does it depend on where in the UK you live as to whether you have to pay for jabs? I want the freebie jabs!!

    Thanks for any advice! :D

    26 Nov 2007, 14:03


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