No, not that kind of shots.
Unfortunately, traveling into a developing country means coming in contact with diseases that largely have been eradicated in the United States. Diseases like yellow fever and malaria are common throughout Ghana, meaning I’m forced to take a bunch of medication both before and during my journey
Yesterday I visited a doctor that specializes in foreign infectious diseases to get my yellow fever vaccination shot. Out of all the shots I’ve had, this one wasn’t so bad, but I’m sure I will have a some muscle soreness in my arm for a few days.
In addition to the yellow fever shot, the doctor said I might need a shot for typhoid fever and possibly dengue fever as well. Ugh. There’s only so many times I want a person to stick a needle into my arm.
To prevent against malaria, the doctor wrote a prescription for Malarone. It’s a pill-based medication that you have to start taking a few days before the trip starts. I’ll have to take it daily for all 30 days of my Ghana trip, and then for a few weeks afterwards as well. I have taken it before on trips to South Africa, India, and Indonesia, so hopefully I run into any potential side effects. Malaria is spread via mosquitos in Ghana, so I’ll have to be extra careful to always have bug repellant on. We also get very cool looking mosquito nets to put over our beds.
It is a bit of a nuisance to take all of this medicine, but it’s just another part of the adventure. 13 days til departure!