I picked up my second Hepatitis B shot ($80) and an adult Polio booster ($50) during a lunch break this week. A $15 office fee was tacked on to the cost of the shots, which brought the total to $145. Luckily, my insurance will cover the Hep series, and office visit. Unfortunately though, I'm running into an issue with getting a reimbursement in a timely fashion. As it turns out, I might have to ask my mom to help me account for my reimbursements one I've left (yes, I'm worried it'll take several months for the issue to get resolved).
If I could do it again, I would've anticipated a longer reimbursement time frame, and started getting the shots earlier in the year. All the immunizations I'm getting are good for several years, so it would've been fine to get them sooner rather than later.
Next month, I intend to get my Yellow Fever ($98) shot, followed by the third and final Hep-B shot in October (at least 4 months after the first shot). I will then be fully immunized against *some* of what's out there.
I've also decided on a Malaria drug, however I am going to save that topic for another day!
Additional Resources: SmarTravel Profiles on 220 countries. USA Center for Disease Control – Traveler's Health section. Immunization Action Coalition – Vaccination Information for Healthcare Professionals.
Last Updated on October 22, 2009 by Dave