Vaccinations!

So I entered into the dark world of vaccinations today and what a rabbit hole it is!

In January 2019 when I was at the Adventure Travel Show in London I met some lovely nurses from the Fleetstreet Clinic who told me exactly what vaccinations I needed.

The list consisted of the following vaccinations:

Diptheria
Tetanus
Polio
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE)
Rabies
Typhoid
Cholera

Seeing the nurse at my local GP surgery this morning I discovered that my Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio jabs are up to date so they aren’t required.

Hep A & B and Typhoid I could start today on the NHS, Typhoid being 1 single injection and the Hep A & B being 3 injections each spread over a number of weeks. 1st injections done, new appointments made for the next two set of injections.

So this now leaves the TBE and Rabies jabs. These are available on the NHS but at a cost which is fair enough however, unfortunately my GP surgery doesn’t have stock and won’t get them in time for my trip so I’ll have to get them done privately.

The nurse recommended a company called MASTA Travel Health so I gave them a call when I got home. After being in a queue for ages I got through to what sounded like an Indian call centre, this is where the fun started!

After a long drawn out conversation on the phone it was clear they were going to take me for every pound they could. The chap said I would have to pay for a wellness telephone interview, then if I pass this a face to face health check and if I pass this a one to one travel interview, all of which cost money. I explained I’d already been to my doctors surgery this morning and done all of this and that I just wanted to get the vaccinations but oh no, that wasn’t good enough, their experts are much better. Needless to say I put this conversation to bed swiftly and hung up.

After doing a little more research I found that Boots Pharmacy provide a vaccination service. A quick search on Google and I soon found my local Boots Store contact details. A quick call and conversation with the very helpful lady on the other end and I had an appointment for tomorrow to get both the TBE and Rabies injections started, fantastic!

So the cost for the TBE and Rabies series of jabs (Oh yes there are many!!) is £300.00. I’m guessing when compared to what our cousins over the pond would have to pay this is a very acceptable figure and one I have no issues with.

This just leaves the Cholera Vaccination. Apparently this one isn’t a jab (Hoorah!) but a powder that you mix with water and drink. I’ve yet to have this as the nurse at the GP surgery had to order it, but I’ll get my hands on it soon.

So if you are planning a trip to Central Asia then you need to allow a minimum of two months to get all your vaccinations sorted and will probably feel like a sieve at the end of it!