Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Typhoid Fever, Yellow Fever
At any given travel clinic in the states, these vaccinations will cost a family of 6 in excess of $10,000.
These are the only shots that we needed as we had previously been administered TwinRix, Meningitis, Tdap, MMR, Tetanus vaccines and updates. Additionally, only 2 of us needed the Yellow Fever vaccine.
If all 6 of us had needed all vaccines for our current travels, we'd be staring at a $12,000-$18,000 bill. Who the heck can afford that?!
Would you like to know what we paid for our vaccinations?
And that included a physician charge, injection fees, a filled prescription for Malarone (approx. $400 in the U.S.) and a branded quinolone just in case one of us should develop Malaria or another infections and not be near a hospital. Most insurance plans will not pay for Malaria medicine thus the $400 cash price.
In our planning for travels, we were hit in the face with vaccination-price-freak-out. Having to pay for those vaccines in the states would have severely limited any travel plans we had. So we did what any normal, budget-constrained family would do: we freaked out and then hit the internet for a solution.
We found that Thailand offered insanely cheap vaccinations. For example, Japanese Encephalitis which costs between $600-900 in the states costs $16 in Thailand. We're talking about a 4000-6000% markup in the states compared to Thailand. We are also told that Bali offered much cheaper options as well.
So we took our first stab at vaccines in Bali only to find that it was about 1/3 the price instead of 2% of the price.
The 2nd day that we were in Bangkok, Thailand we visited the Thai Travel Clinic at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. It was a very nice facility. Our friend in Bangkok was gracious enough to help us navigate to the clinic and waited as we saw the physician and were vaccinated. It was about a 5 hour excursion. Thanks Steve!
If you are planning any travel, short or long-term, do your research. It's likely that you may be able to get vaccinations in another country.
It may even be cheaper to make a round-trip trip to Thailand (for the right price) to get your vaccines. I'm half-way serious here. Many countries require vaccinations to enter the country so check before traveling.
A few days later, we wanted to refill our stock of asthma inhalers. Again, the states are much more expensive. Typically, and most recently due to new delivery patents, an inhaler may cost $50-150. We purchased branded Ventolin for $45 in Bangkok...for 10 inhalers!
Hooray for cheap meds!
So if you'd like to keep $10,000 in your saving account as you plan your travels, do your research. If you're going to Thailand at all during your travels, arrange your trip to visit Thailand on the front end.
Feel free to contact us with any questions. We'd be glad to help.