Vaccine: Hepatitis A & B

Vaccine: Hepatitis A & B

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I got my vaccine for Hepatitis A & B from Walgreens. After researching the vaccines I would need for each country we visit I made some calls to places that offer travel vaccinations. That took quite some time.

The vaccinations I have chosen to get are Hepatitis A and B and Yellow Fever. Typhoid Fever is also suggested, but it’s really for one country that we’re going to, so I’m not going to bother with that one. Let’s just hope I don’t regret that! Yellow Fever is required for some countries depending on which way you’re travelling; we are going in the opposite direction, but I don’t want to take that chance. I’ve already had West Nile Virus before!

Researching Where to Get Vaccines

I have been calling around about vaccinations for a few months, but didn’t want to get vaccinated until I was certain we were making this awesome trip. The CDC in Florence , AL where I lived a few weeks ago suggested I call Huntsville or Birmingham. A travel vaccine company in Huntsville, AL were short on Yellow Fever with only 8 vials left and they had a wait list! I basically gave up and put off getting the vaccines until we moved to Pensacola. When we moved and got settled in Pensacola, I called the the Department of Health but it was 3 weeks until I could get an appointment. They only had 2 vials of Yellow Fever and they were not sure when they would get more in. Have you noticed the trend? There is a shortage of Yellow Fever.

All the places I called wanted between $60-$80 for Hepatitis A and B. Yellow Fever was well over $100 at each place. They also said insurance would not cover the immunizations. Andrew told me that he knew someone who got Hep A/B from Walgreen’s Pharmacy and their insurance covered it fully. I honestly didn’t believe him since all the other places I called said insurance wouldn’t cover them.

Don’t wait!

Well, we leave in one month, so it’s crunch time. I figured I’d spend the money and get it done at Walgreens. The pharmacist insisted on running my health insurance and Holy Moly Batman it was covered!!! That saved me $160! If I had known that, then I would have gotten vaccinated before leaving Florence. The Hep A/B combo is done in a round of three shots. You get your 1st shot, then 30 days later your 2nd shot, then 6 months later your 3rd, and you’re fully immunized. Now I have to get my 2nd shot pretty much the day before we leave since I waited so late to get it.

I noticed some side effects of the vaccine. A constant headache for 2-3 days now, but when I take Advil it goes away. Also, I have been incredibly tired, and my throat has been a little itchy. Luckily if the 2nd dose gives me the same side effects I will be in England at my mother in law’s so I will still have time to rest and relax if needed. We have decided to get the Yellow Fever vaccine in England because there is no shortage there and it costs less than in the US.

Moral of this story:

Always check and see if insurance will cover the cost of your vaccines.

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