Yesterday I got my shots for the ONE MOMS trip to Kenya next month. I am not going to lie, I was very nervous. Don’t ask me why. I just was.
I received my shots and malaria pills from a travel clinic. Turns out travel clinics are all over the world and were created for the express purpose of providing vaccines for global travel and medical consultations post trip. I didn’t know that! I loved having a nurse who was amazingly knowledgeable about everything I needed. If you’re in the Charlotte area and need vaccines for travel I highly recommend Passport Health on Harris Corners Pkwy. They were wonderful!
I ended up getting vaccines for yellow fever, Hep A, Typhoid and a TDap and I went with Mefloquine for my malaria pills even though everyone says it gives you vivid dreams. I start taking those in a few weeks. I also bought a diarrhea kit that the nurse and fellow ONE MOMS told me would be indispensable in Africa. It includes Cipro and Loper, which are anti-diarrheal tablets, Cera (a rice-based oral electrolyte) and antibacterial towelettes. So, ladies, see me if you need anything in Kenya. I’ll be a walking pharmacy!
Below I chronicled the whole experience of getting my vaccines. It was my first time at a travel clinic and next month will be first time in Africa. I want to share my experience with all of you in case you find yourself off to Africa in the near future! There’s nothing like being armed with info. Thankfully ONE has made it extremely easy for us by letting us know everything we need to do beforehand, while in Kenya, and when we return.
Below are photos my husband graciously took for me. I forgot to charge our camera, so yes, the photos were taken with the old standby, the iPhone.
On a much more serious note, I am currently reading the Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. I am learning so much about countries’ natural resources, the race to gobble them up, slow growth and sheer poverty. My mind will be utterly exhausted by the time I finish it, but I just can’t put it down.
See you next time!