An important part of our preparations are the vaccinations we need in certain countries we are going to visit. This is a serious subject which you do not need to take lightly. We started our vaccination process a couple of weeks ago and already we have a gotten a lot of information we need to read through. We are glad that we started this process already so that we have sufficient time to take it all in. With this blog we want to explain to you where you need to focus on and which will be covered by the health insurance in the Netherlands (this might not be so interested for you if you do not live in the Netherlands).
It is possible to get vaccinations for many diseases. Besides getting vaccinated we also need to buy Malaria pills. We do not need to buy these now because we have not yet finalized our travel plans yet so we do not know how much we need to bring along. There are different pills for different area’s and it also depend on how long you are going to stay in certain area’s.
We are very fortunate that we live in Holland. This means we already gotten shots against Td-IPV (tetanus, diphtheria and polio) and MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) when we were kids. After our consult with the health department of our municipality we have decided to get vaccinated against hepatitis A&B (Sander only B because he already had A), yellow fever, typhus and rabies.
A big part of the costs will be covered by our health insurance except rabies. And of course this is the most expensive one. It will cost us 200 euro per person. The others are luckily covered including the several consults with the health department. Always read the small printing to make sure what your insurance covers.
Other shots you can take, are against TBC, meningitis and Japanese encephalitis. The change for us to catch one of these diseases is low. Meningitis is mainly found in Africa (a continent we do not plan to visit). Japanese encephalitis is found in rural areas near rice fields in Asia but vaccinations is only recommended when you are going to work in these areas longer than a month. And we can still get these vaccinations on the road. After our trip we do need to get an TBC test to see if we have gotten infected. If this is the case a simple drug treatment will cure it.
But anyway, what have we paid till now:
|DTP (Revaxis)||€ 25,50||€ 25,50|
|Yellow fever||€ 32,00||€ 32,00|
|Tyfus (Typhim)||€ 32,00||€ 32,00|
|Rabies||€ 201,00||€ 201,00|
|Twinrix (Hep A&B)||€ 107,00||–|
|Engerix (Hep B)||–||€ 89,90|
|Havrix (Hep A)||–||done|
|Consults||€ 57,00||€ 57,00|
|Subtotal||€ 454,50||€ 437,40||€ 891,00|
|Back from insurance(-/-)||€ 154,50||€ 145,95||€ 300,45|
|€ 291,45|| |
It looks like we payed a lot of money but we also get a lot back from our insurance. Also contact your local health department to get the right information. In the end these vaccinations will lower the chance of infection. Also contact your health insurance so you do not get surprised about high payments.
In Spring we will add our expenses for the last hepatitis shots and off course the costs for the malaria pills.