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?