Travel Shots

21 Jan

We’ve been on the phone quite a bit lately with the Kaiser travel hotline. When going through the itinerary with the lady on the phone, she was understandably surprised at some of the countries that we’re going to. In all of her history at Kaiser, she’s never had to consult anyone traveling to North Korea. It’s good to know that Kaiser does have a list of infectious diseases for every country in the world though. Here’s a list of what we had to vaccinate or take pills for (not necessarily for NK, as India seems to have to most vaccination/pill requirements):

Yellow Fever (card required when entering Brazil)
Hep A
Hep B (Jer had to get blood drawn for an immunity test, as he mistakenly threw away his records from 2005)
The new Tdap shot
Polio booster
Diarrhea medicine
High altitude medicine

That’s a lot of stuff.




9 Responses to “Travel Shots”

  1. msticazn January 22, 2012 at 8:03 AM #

    don’t lose any of the paperwork or else you’ll have to get the shots again =D

  2. jjung21 January 23, 2012 at 9:17 PM #

    good thing all the records are computerized now!

  3. bigjoet January 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM #

    what kinda high altitude medicine did you get? how does it work? could you send me the ingredient/brand?

    i’d get dramamine too but that’s easy to pick up at any drug store later on…


    • bigjoet January 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM #

      sorry, one more thing… which kinda malaria medicine did you pick up? malarone worked well for me before… anyway u can grab some extra for me? i could only get doxycycline and that burned my throat šŸ˜¦

    • Jerry February 4, 2012 at 9:31 PM #

      Joe, we have Acetazolamide = “Diamox” for high altitude. The drug forces your kidneys to urinate more basic, which in turn alters your blood to be more acidic, which increases ventilation rate to de-acidify your blood. That’s the theory; I have no idea if it works.

      For Malaria, we have Atovaquone/Proguanil HCL = “Malarone”. Supposedly works >98% of the time.

      • bigjoet March 5, 2012 at 7:45 PM #

        sweet, yah, malarone worked well for me in the jungles of SE asia – should be fine…

        i had some altitude issues at puno and a random german tourist gave me what i thought was diamox which helped after just a 2 hour nap!!

        if you make it to arequipa, let me know and you HAVE to try this steak place… the most tender beef, alpaca and lamb for only 10 bux!

        have fun!

  4. Connie&Dan March 6, 2012 at 1:14 PM #

    What”s the symtom of high altitude disease ? I think Diamox works fine!
    You guys didn’t leave much “footprints” on the backyard walls…
    Talk to you later.
    Coonie & Dan

    • Jerry March 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM #

      When first trying to acclimate to high altitude, most people get shortness of breath and/or headache. I personally had both and it took a day to acclimate with the help of a diamox. We also took a single diamox to help us get through the 14000 foot “dead women’s pass” as well.

  5. Connie&Dan March 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM #

    What are the patches on your skin ? For mosquitoes bites?

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