Dukoral Vaccine

Used to prevent Traveler’s Diarrhea and Cholera, I took Dukoral yesterday. It was not the most pleasant experience, I would have rather had a shot. The vaccine comes in a small vile with a pouch of powdered substance. You combine the two and you get this fizzy raspberry drink. Sounds good eh?? Well it is not, I just drank it as fast as I could. I heard rumors that it was not that good tasting, and the rumors were right. The fizziness made it worse (from what I could tell at least) because it tickled when you drank it. This vaccine comes in two doses, next week I will have to ingest another dose. I think the biggest problem with these is that you cannot eat or drink one hour before or after taking this medication. Unless I am headed to bed, it is hard to have a 2 hour break from eating.

Well that is just about concludes the necessary vaccine for traveling to India and Nepal. All that is left is Malaria (which is about $100/month) and maybe some basic antibiotics for when you eat something you shouldn’t have and you don’t want to feel bad for a week. It is just amazing how much money one spends before even getting to your destination. Vaccines are money worth spending, they reduce the risk of getting ill, Right?

Posted from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
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