Monday, October 13, 2008


After hearing for the 94th time how Japanese Encephalitis could turn my brain to mush if I was unfortunately bitten by an infected mosquito, I decided to get the vaccine.

The cost of vaccines here are exponentially cheaper than getting them in the states. The Jap E shot in America is $150 a pop...and since you need three of them over a month that's a lot of dough. Here the shots cost $7.00, plus a nurse's fee. Since I was paying the nurse's fee anyway, I thought "Hell I might as well get the Rabies vaccine too" (this decision was helped after seeing quite a few dogs I assumed to be rabid up in Sapa). And since I was getting those vaccines anyway I thought, "Hell, I might as well get the flu vaccine too."

For those of you who are interested I've now had Hep A, Hep B, Typhoid Fever, Tetanus Booster, Jap E, Rabies and the flu shot. What I'm trying to say is, I'm sort of a super hero.