Vaccinations: Recommended, But Really Necessary?

I was concerned about traveling to a foreign country and wondered if I might need vaccinations. But I was also concerned that if I asked any official offices, organizations, or travel businesses, that they would most certainly say yes. Would it be yes because it is true, I really would need them. Or, yes because they would not want to be liable if they were to say, no I really don’t need vaccines, and then something happens, and I attract an illness that may have been prevented by a vaccination.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the following Vaccinations when traveling to the Philippines: Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

A friend visited the Philippines a few months before I did. She received the full recommendation of Vaccinations and it cost here around $400. I didn’t mind spending the money if it was really necessary. But that was $400 that would be added to a most likely one time trip.

I first decided I would visit my family doctor and receive all the recommended Vaccination that were covered by my insurance. I would then make a decision concerning the remaining Vaccination.

Well my family doctors office said they did not provide the Vaccination needed for overseas travel, and referred me to the Health Department. I did an internet search for my local Health Department, selected the Immunization Program and clicked on Immunizations for travelers. Same as the CDC.

In-order to receive vaccinations, from the Health Department, I needed to provide a completed vaccination record. If I had no record, I could provide a completed “Authorization to Disclose Patient Health information form”

I let it go, and gave myself more time to think about it. I am inclined to not want to bother with it. Well, if I decide not to be vaccinated, we’ll see how it goes.

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