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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

My Shots

Tuesday morning after I got off from work, I when to the Health Department to get my shots for my trip to the Philippines. I got three vaccinations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommend for travel to the Philippines. I also got a prescription for Malaria pills.

To see the vaccinations that are required and recommended for the country you are going take a look at the Destinations page on the CDC's website. It is a great idea to take the vaccinations that the CDC recommends. Also to see if your vaccinations are up to date. It is recommended that you take your vaccinations at least four weeks out from your travel departure date to get the them time to start working.

While at the Health Department I got a prescription for Malaria pills. Most of the stories I have heard of people getting sick from their travels is because they stopped taking their pills for Malaria. Besides the use of pills it is a good idea to wear long sleeve shirts, pants, use Deet, and Insecticide-treated bed nets over your bed to prevent mosquitoes bites. It is best to play it safe here, Malaria can make you very ill and can be fatal. Please check out the page on Malaria on the CDC's website for more information on Malaria.

Will vaccinations cause me to be come ill or even cause death?

I have heard this people get worried about the vaccinations making them sick or even causing death. The only side effect I had had from taking vaccinations is being sore in the area of the injection site. I have heard some people talk about getting a little fever. That is just a sign your body is working. Here is what the CDC says about Vaccination Safety on their website.

Vaccines cause many harmful side effects, illnesses, and even death - not to mention possible long-term effects we don't even know about.

Vaccines are actually very safe, despite implications to the contrary in many anti-vaccine publications (which sometimes contain the number of reports received by VAERS, and allow the reader to infer that all of them represent genuine vaccine side-effects). Most vaccine adverse events are minor and temporary, such as a sore arm or mild fever. These can often be controlled by taking acetaminophen before or after vaccination. More serious adverse events occur rarely (on the order of one per thousands to one per millions of doses), and some are so rare that risk cannot be accurately assessed. As for vaccines causing death, again so few deaths can plausibly be attributed to vaccines that it is hard to assess the risk statistically. Of all deaths reported to VAERS between 1990 and 1992, only one is believed to be even possibly associated with a vaccine. Each death reported to VAERS is thoroughly examined to ensure that it is not related to a new vaccine-related problem, but little or no evidence suggests that vaccines have contributed to any of the reported deaths. The Institute of Medicine in its 1994 report states that the risk of death from vaccines is "extraordinarily low." ~ Some Common Misconceptions about Vaccinations

With my vaccinations done, I have one less things to worry about done in the 36 days before I meet my Love face to face. My excitement is growing everyday as my trip gets closer. If you are planning to travel to another country I strongly encourage you to get the vaccinations that the CDC recommends.

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