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Got 3 jabs in my arm yesterday and a Tootsie Pop.  They have banana now! It doesn’t taste too hot.

I lied.  I got 2 shots and one in pill form.  It’s weird to think that I will be ingesting typhoid, even if it is in a weakened state.  And I got 2 Tootsie Pops.  I only like the chocolate ones.

Here is a breakdown on the cost for vaccinations, aka “the damage”:

  • Visit/Consultation: $50
  • Hep A #2: $89
  • Polio: $60
  • Typhoid: $100 (I paid $18 more to get the pill form v. the shot but it lasts 5 years v. 2 years)

Total: $299

I’m going to see if I can get Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, and anti-malarials in New Zealand or beyond, where hopefully it’s cheaper.  Here it is $290 x 2 doses, $250 x 3 doses, and humans are not supposed to take Doxycycline for more than 3 months at a time, respectfully.  I am going to check with my insurance to see if they cover the Hep B vaccine ($75 x 3 doses otherwise) and see if my doctor will write a prescription for anti-malarials, which should be covered.

Many thanks to Ronnie at Passport Health!  She talked to me for a long time and the shots didn’t really hurt.  Passport Health is located all over Los Angeles and on Wednesdays in Downtown LA.