Since I’m finally going some more exotic places in the next couple months I read up on the CDC site to see what I need:
Panama: Just up-to-date on routine shots, but might want to get Hepatitis A and Typhoid since the sanitation conditions for food may not be the same. I only got one in the series of Hep A and I don’t show records of a Typhoid vaccine.
*(according to this CDC link Panama and Ethiopia only have Yellow Fever in certain areas. I’d imagine most customs/immigration agents don’t play epidemiology or geography games so it’s probably easier to just get the shot since I’ll have 2 countries on the list. Brazil is also there and I’ve been to Brazil as well, but that was the last trip in my old passport so there is no evidence in my current passport)
Seychelles: Same old, same old, make sure routine vaccines are up-to-date
Ireland: Nothing recommended here for “Most Travelers” but now for “Some Travelers” it says Hep A, Hep B, and Rabies. Hmm…I’ll make sure to stay away from men who are foaming at the mouth because maybe it’s not Guinness.
Now, it’s only really my job to verify that I may need to get some vaccines at all. Now it’s up to me to dump this on the medical experts and see how they interpret this. Since the Yellow Fever shot isn’t as ubiquitous as something like a Hep A shot I again used the CDC site to find providers. Sounds like the Mecklenburg County Health Department has a whole Travel Clinic but since I’m a bit of an elitist and I saw a place called Passport Health that sounded more my speed. After going to a walk-in clinic for malaria pills last time I went abroad and pretty much having every screw up from them I could have I decided I’ll pay the extra money and see people who claim to specialize in travel health. It’s hard scheduling appointments with erratic travel schedules, but Passport Health got me in when I’m home next so so far, so good!
Do I really need a yellow fever vaccine? I’d rather just pay the $150 and have it than get all the way to Seychelles and get turned back. I’m just viewing the cost as a trip insurance. Hopefully things will go well at Passport Health and I will continue to use them when I book more exotic trips. I haven’t had any adverse reactions to any other vaccines or medicines so I’ll do my part for herd immunity.