TB or not TB, that is the question
This morning, C & I got up bright and early to walk over to the International Vaccination Center at l'Institut Pasteur, in order to find out if there were any particular vaccines recommended for our upcoming vacations. I got quite a slew of them back in 2001 when I went to China, and C got a bunch free with his last military physical, but I figured it was still good to check in and see if the recommendations had changed. (I ended up getting the Typhoid vaccine and C got Hepatitis A).
But I was inspired to write this post as a PSA because the doctor we spoke with said most people don't even think about vaccinations before traveling. And she recommended going to a specialized place like the Institut Pasteur because your regular GP might not know about recent outbreaks in certain countries or that certain vaccines are needed at certain times of the year, etc.
Their vaccine center is open:
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 9am-4:30pm
- Thursday from 10am-4:30pm
- Saturday from 9-11:30am
It's all first-come, first-serve, and they recommend arriving early if you're coming on a Saturday. We got there at 8:45am this morning, and we were the ninth in line, so I don't think there's any need to arrive too early. (Unless you are coming during the busy period - June, July or August).
You'll get a ticket with a number on it at the front desk, and then be ushered into another waiting room. From there, you will be called up to a desk and you will be asked for your ID card and the list of countries you'll be traveling to. Then you sit back down again, fill out a short questionnaire, and wait for your number to be called again.
The doctor will run through your questionnaire and ask a few more questions about what you will be doing on your trip, and then you'll get the vaccines right then and there. To me, that's the second big advantage of a center like this - they have everything on hand, and there is no needing to see your doctor to get the prescription, then go buy it at the pharmacy, and then either go back to your doctor or a nurse to get the shot. (Which often means paying for two visits too).
At the Institut Pasteur, unless you want a special (longer) consultation, the doctor's visit is included in the price of the vaccine. Here are the prices of a few of the more common ones:
- DTP: 39€
- Hepatitis A: 43€ (x2)
- Hepatitis B: 26€ (x3)
- Typhoid: 35€
- Rabies: 40€ (x4)
In total, the whole thing probably took us an hour max, and now we should be all good to go for our trips this year!