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Time for shots.  I forgot how expensive they can get, but based on the variety of places that I’m going, I needed to get quite a few but only got my Hep A/B shot today as they didn’t have records of my other shots.  Unfortunately when my money belt was liberated from me in Guatemala, it had my shot records.  Fortunately, I had a photocopy but didn’t bring it with me.  I’m still not sure if I need to get a few other vaccinations.

To figure out what vaccinations I needed, I got them from the traveler information page at the CDC.  South East Asia requires so many immunizations that they will cover me for all the other countries I will visit in Central Asia.  I need to get:

  • Standard Vaccinations: measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine
  • Hepatitis A/B
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Japanese encephalitis I’m not sure if I’m going to get JE because it is so rare.  Any advice?

So far I’ve completed my entire Hep A/B series (3 shots) and Typhoid.


  1. Ben says:

    Traveling off the beaten path in rural areas – check.
    Traveling for an extended period of time – check.

    If your current insurance covers the cost of vaccinations then it’s simple – get the shot.

  2. Crystaaal says:

    Yes…get it…can’t hurt! You’ll be like Superman all pumped up and invincible!

  3. jfink says:

    Well, it is good to see you have come out of the closet. I won’t blunder again into saying something in a “want ad” that exposes your plan. You have got to have a going away party before you leave, keep us posted.


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