Expensive Vaccinations and how to do it cheaply

With only 28 days (shock!) left before our departure, we are starting to think about the dreaded vaccinations. In Canada, when one needs to get vaccines for travel, one has to go to the Travel Clinic. I was unpleasantly surprised to see the cost of vaccinations; especially when my extended health insurance (Currently through M) does not cover vaccines.

On top of the admin fee of $15, if you want a consult from the doctor (which they highly recommend) it is an additional $40.

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So the budget backpacker who is saving their pennies for a Round The World trip will be likely coerced by the doctor to take:

Yellow Fever, Hep A&B, Typhoid, Measles, Mumps and Rubella,Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio,Japanese Encephalitis, Travellers Diarrhoea, Rabies,Malaria

The total cost of which would cost for each person: $1480 less Malaria Pills!!! And I have a sneaky feeling the costs are even higher in USA. This time around, we skipped the doctor’s visit to save $40 each, and I only took my Typhoid and Hep A vaccinations (Already have Hep B, TMM & RTD shots) for a grand total of $115+$15. My justification for not taking the other vaccinations is that we also are not going to the Malaria zone nor staying in a JE area for more than 4 weeks and as for Rabies; you need to get more shots anyways if you get bitten by an animal.

The only way I have figured out how a RTW traveller would be able to get the vaccinations cheaply was if they stayed in Thailand for a month and did their vaccinations at their international clinics. Clinics in SE Asia are quite reputable, clean and up to standards. If RTW travellers wished to do vaccinations and keep costs down, I would recommend their first stop be in Thailand. That way, they can complete their shots and continue on their journey while having lots of fun in Thailand.

A quick search shows the price of vaccinations in Bangkok:

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So on top of a 190 Baht doctors fee ($6.50 cad), the total cost of vaccinations that would have cost $1480 over here would be $250 in Thailand…

What would you do if you were planning a RTW trip?

One thought on “Expensive Vaccinations and how to do it cheaply

  1. Love this and the credit card post.

    Answering all the questions I didn’t know I had about the hard stuff, I didn’t know I had to do before travelling.

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