As promised in our last post hereby our latest update regarding our vaccinations for our trip. In March we both received our latest shots for hepatitis. To be technical, Twindrix (hep A + B) for Jolien and Engerix (hep B) for Sander.
During the same appointment we also had to choose between two different Malaria pills; lariam and malarone. The big advantage of lariam is you only need to take this pill once a week. Malarone is a pill you need to take daily. In the Netherlands the Lariam pill is a bit more expensive but much more handy according to us. This way we don’t need to bring along a zillion boxes.
Lariam does has a bit more side effects. We tested the pill in April to see how we would respond to it and the responses were mild. Keep in mind you need to start the pill 3 weeks before you enter the Malaria area and you need to keep on taking them till 4 weeks after.
A month later we were back at the local hospital so they could take some blood for tests. After a month they can see if you are vaccinated for life. Sadly Sander tested negative which means he is not vaccinated against hep B. Quite a bummer so close to our departure. In 5% of the cases the vaccination does not take. You will have a higher risk when you are a smoker, above 40 or overweight. None of these is the case for Sander so it’s just bad luck.
What are your options in that case? Well, Sander gotten a new vaccination two weeks ago. This one is called Fendrix and it is a cocktail of multiple substances that you gotten in 3 times the shots before. It is not a cheap vaccination because it almost costed twice as much but Sander still got it. The alternative is that we accept the fact that he is not vaccinated against hepatitis B. And the risk of getting a hep B infection is low but still is we have a way to lower the risk we should do this.
We also informed about other options. In case you have more time. You can also take the same 3 shots of hep B again or three shots of the Fendrix injection.
Yesterday Sander had his blood taken again so all we can do now is wait. We will hear on the road if it worked. In the beginning of the year we lowered our health insurance which means we do not get a refund of all the cost we made. This might be different for you.
Below a new overview of the costs made in 2016.
You can read the previous post right here.