Thursday, August 5, 2010


H1N1, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, and something else I can't remember.
Arms: Sore.
Immune system: Dealing. Kind of.
Next step: Rabies vaccination.

After my appointment at the travel clinic, I realized just how dangerous this all could be. Now of course I'm all immunized for everything possible but did you know that there are some vaccinations not even offered in the U.S.? Take for instance Japanese Encephalitis (from Wikipedia):
Severe rigors mark the onset of this disease in humans. Fever, headache and malaise are other non-specific symptoms of this disease which may last for a period of between 1 and 6 days. Signs which develop during the acute encephalitic stage include neck rigidity, cachexia, hemiparesis, convulsions and a raised body temperature between 38 and 41 degrees Celsius. Mental retardation developed from this disease usually leads to coma.

So that sounds like fun. 

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