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Got shot in both arms today. Typhoid and tetnus/ diptheria boosters- $150. Ridiculous. Went to the Niagara County travel health clinic in Niagara Falls; paid a mandatory $25 consultation fee for a “consultation” that never occurred and another $20 on top of that because the county of my residency did not provide the vaccines that [...]

Got shot in both arms today. Typhoid and tetnus/ diptheria boosters- $150. Ridiculous.

Went to the Niagara County travel health clinic in Niagara Falls; paid a mandatory $25 consultation fee for a “consultation” that never occurred and another $20 on top of that because the county of my residency did not provide the vaccines that I needed and therefore had to go to a higher populated county. $45 for absolutely nothing. Sure, I was given an internet printout of the CDC health webpages on China, which I previously printed out at my parent’s home for free. $65 for the Typhoid and another $35 for tetnus vaccines. The funny thing is that I paid $150 ($115 if you only include travel specific innoculations) and I consider that to be a somewhat cheap sum to pay for service provided through the travel clinic. In fact, I was almost pleased. At least I did not go to a Passport Health; which is a private company that has been taking over travel related innoculations from public health departments in the USA and charging enormously exagerated amounts of money. This is the only place to recieve travel related vaccines in the area of Rochester, NY. I was quoted by them $550 for a round of Japanese encephalitis vaccine, over $600 for Rabies………and to top it off you have to pay nearly $50 just to walk into the place. That is America. Sometimes, I like to laugh at it from afar.

But at least I DO have access to health care, even though it is really expensive….grumble……I hate these concluding rebuttals that begin with “at least”……haha…..it all ain’t no thing I suppose…whatthehell, whatthehell.

Filed under: Health, New York, North America, Travel Preparation, USA

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  • John July 11, 2012, 2:12 am

    Would you suggest getting japanese encephalitis shots?

    🙂

    I’m coming to Jiangsu end of July and hope to maybe travel a bit in the wilder parts of china. Maybe hike up a mountain. Is it easy to get the shots in China?

    Thanks
    -John

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    • Wade Shepard July 11, 2012, 2:59 am

      I would not recommend it for the price the travel clinics charge in the USA. The last I checked they wanted like $500 or something ridiculous like this. If you can get it cheaper in Canada, then why not? Maybe you can get it in China, I’m not sure, but if you can it will be pretty cheap.

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      • John July 11, 2012, 10:59 am

        🙂 Thanks for your response. Yeah its around $250 or something in canada and only last 3 months I believe. I decided against it. Thanks for your advice. If I have time, i’ll look for a clinic in Shanghai.

        -John

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