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What Is The Cost of Travel Vaccinations?


If you decide to travel to a foreign country like Africa means that you are going to need to get the required vaccinations to be able to travel to the country you desire.

Travel vaccinations should be done at least four to six weeks before traveling outside of the United States. There are a number of vaccinations required by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but there are also a few ones that are not obligatory. One example of a required vaccination is the yellow fever vaccination, which is needed when traveling to and from certain countries, most specially the sub-Saharan Africa. The list of vaccinations will greatly depend on the country you choose to go. Whether you want to go to rural areas, the time of year you will take the trip, your age, your health and which vaccinations you have had already.

Adults who are always traveling need to be up to date on their routine vaccinations before leaving the country. Some of the most important vaccinations include TD (tetanus/diphtheria) and MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella). Other additional vaccinations include typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, rabies, polio, meningococcal meningitis, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B.

A Yellow Fever shot is needed for those traveling recurrently in tropical countries. This shot costs about $130 to as high as $375, and is one of the most expensive shots. A rabies shot can cost between $400 and $1,000. A Typhoid vaccination is needed to give you protection from contaminated food and water in areas such as Asia, Mexico, and Africa. This type of vaccination will cost about $40 to $150 per shot. A Meningitis vaccination is required for those traveling to Africa, and it costs $45 to $125 per shot. A Hepatitis A shot gives protection from Hepatitis A for nearly 2 years, and the average cost per shot is between $45 and $110. Meanwhile a Hepatitis B shot gives protection against Hepatitis B that requires 3 different shots. Each shot costs $45 to $80, which totals to $150 normally. Another common shot that is intended for children is a polio shot, which is a onetime shot that costs between $10 and $30.

The shots will be given by your doctor at his office, or the Travel Clinic. The travel clinic will be the one to recommend shots you need. The CDC has list of resources that confirms which shots are going to be needed. They will usually ask you what country you are going to, and for how long you are going to stay there.

Most travel vaccinations are not covered by health insurance plan. This is why it is important to inquire with your health insurance company about the coverage of the plan.

Source by Hannah Munson

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