|Look out world - have immunization logbook, will travel|
NO - I am not talking about Jello shots.....although it is K-State football tailgate season. Go Cats! I am talking about immunizations. Traveling around this big blue planet there many areas that require immunizations to help keep us healthy. We want to stay healthy.
Once we were back in KC this summer I did some inquiring about Yellow fever and specifically the yellow colored international immunization logbook. However, I knew we would wait and get the shots back here in Trinidad. 1.) Price - much cheaper in Trini. More below on this 2.) Healthcare professionals here in Trini are much more knowledgeable on Yellow fever here than in KC. D-uh, of course they would be! I don't believe there are many cases of Yellow fever in KC.
Last week we went to get our shots. There are many places to go which include a local medical clinic but I wanted to be sure we could also get the official international logbook as well at the same time. Running around getting shots and then going someplace else for the logbook and then back for it to be officially filled out all via Maxi Taxi's and walking in the heat of the day did not sound like a scavenger hunt we would be interested in. Dr Stuart Millar was a one stop shop. I booked the next appointment opening for two days later.
On Thursday, we took a Maxi Taxi into POS and walked several blocks to his office. We arrived early just in case traffic was a mess and sweaty from the walk. We didn't mind waiting as the office was nicely air conditioned and we were able to get in early. This was despite the fact that the waiting room was fairly full. It seemed nearly 1/2 of the people waiting were also there for Yellow fever shots, many had on official work clothes for the oil industry and this was the Yellow fever shot production line. Dr Stuart was friendly but got right down to business. Stick, stick, stick, stick....."now come in my office." We chatted while he filled out our official international immunization logbooks and wrote out the malaria med scrip.
I was also fighting a lingering cough from something I picked up back in the USA. He gave my lungs a quick listen and prescribed an antibiotic. However at the end of our office visit he said "Oh wait a minute. I think I have a box of antibiotics I can just give you." He looked in one of the cabinets and came out with not just a sample but a full treatment dose. "Here. Give me the script back and just take these. That will save you a few dollars."
We were out the door before our schedule appointment time. Nice!
Cost breakdown -
- Johnson County Health Dept wanted $160 for the Yellow Fever shot. *I didn't ask about Typhoid or Malaria pills.
- Trinidad Yellow Fever shot $400 TT each or $66 US each.
- Trinidad Typhoid shot $350 TT each or $58 US each.
- Dr visit for cough $250 TT or $41 US.
- FREE box of Augmentin (14 tablets)
- Trinidad total $1750 TT or $291 US
- Malaria med - Lariam 3 boxes $628.32 TT total or $95.00 US. *Dr said "Whose name do you want the malaria scrip in?" I asked "Don't we each need one?" "Not necessary as you will just share. I will make it out in your name." Okay.