Now this is a tricky one. Every blog or article you land on will say something completely contradictory to the other and it eventually gets very frustrating. Some people recommend you have a Rabies vaccination to travel around Southeast Asia, other’s will tell you to avoid getting bitten by monkeys and dogs and hope for the best.
The best thing you can do is talk to a medical professional and make your decision based on that consultation. No medical professional will force you to have any travel vaccinations you don’t want to have, the decision is completely up to you.
For me, making that decision is worse than being told what to do. I am the most indecisive person and unless someone explicitly tells me to do or not do something, it will take me the rest of my life to make a decision.
I am also a massive worrier. We recently had a consultation with a lovely nurse at a Well Travelled Clinic who went through all the options we have, what vaccines she felt were necessary and optional extras. Japanese Encephalitis came up in conversation. We were told one in a million backpackers catch Japanese Encephalitis and get seriously ill. Jade shrugged her shoulders and decided it wasn’t a necessary vaccine for her, I on the other hand went through a thousand what if scenarios in my head where each one ended with me catching Japanese Encephalitis and dying. The cost of the vaccine? £198.00 for two doses.
How are you supposed to decide what the odds are that you are going to catch a disease you have never heard of?
Whilst we visited the lovely nurse, we each received the combined Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccination costing £79.
Left on our list is Hepatitis B, Rabies (we’re going to Bali where there has been an increased risk of Rabies) and Malaria tablets (which I recently found out I am allergic to, yay!). Then of course, I am pondering over Japanese Encephalitis.
How much are travel vaccinations?
Vaccinations are incredibly expensive and can cause a massive dent in your travel funds, especially when you are trying to save every penny before you leave to travel the world. But can you really put a price on your health?
Below are the prices we have been quoted for our travel vaccinations, prices vary all over the world so please just take the costs as a rough guide.
- Hep A & Typhoid Combined – One dose – £79 (needs topping up in a year if it is your first dose)
- Rabies – Three doses – £148
- Hep B – Two doses – £108
- Japanese Encephalitis – Two doses – £198
- Malaria Tablets – 50 Tablets – £20 (for people who are not allergic to Doxycycline!)
There are of course other vaccinations to consider having such as Polio, Tetanus and Diphtheria (costing around £30 for the three combined) but most people in the UK of a certain age have actually had the combined vaccination when they were younger. Please make sure you speak to your doctors about your medical records which will state which vaccinations you have received since birth. If you would like an idea on the cost of travel vaccinations I have missed out above the Well Travelled Clinic has a price list to give you an idea on how much you should budget for your vaccinations.
Have you booked your travel vaccinations? Or have you already had yours? Please leave us a comment below and share your travel vaccination stories!