Monday, January 14, 2008


Hello Everyone,

I just got back from the Travel Clinic in Madison to get updated on all my vaccines. I just wanted to let you know that the vaccine for Typhoid comes in pill form. So if you are like me and do not like shots, you can get it as a pill (actually they recommend it, it is suppose to last longer than the shot form). If you are going to take it, they recommend taking it now or within the next month. You only have to take 4 pills.
They also recommended a rabies vaccine because of the monkeys. Kathleen, do you think that is necessary??
The clinic also recommend a product called Sawyer Premium Insect Repellent for Clothing. It is a spray that you spray on all your clothes before the trip. It helps to protect against ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes. It stays on your clothes even if you sweat and lasts up to 6 washings. I found some at Dick's Sporting Goods for $7.

Also, I stopped at Gander Mountain in Madison. They were having a huge moving sale. I found zip-off pants for $10.50 a pair!!! I bought 4 pairs. They only had 3 pairs in the ladies department. I am not sure of the sizes (maybe12 or 16??). I ended up buying mine from the men's department. They had waist sizes 32-48 left. If you feel like trekking down to Madison, I would call ahead of time to see if they have your size and if they can hold it. They were starting to get picked over.

Hope that helps a little.


Christa J. Droste said...

Good to know! Might think about the spray a bit more. And the rabies shot is interesting! :)

Christa J. Droste said...

Oh, Dawn--
There's a new policy concerning vaccinations by the insurance through the school. Most vaccinations are covered if it is for a trip that is not for work. Since this trip is for school, you might be covered for the vaccinations if you're under the same insurance UW-O offers. Check it out!

Kathleen said...

I have emailed our contact at the Belize Zoo to find out if the animals are vaccinated against rabies. You should NOT be coming into direct contact with them, but there is a chance that you will touch saliva left on the apparatus, or a monkey could reach out and scratch you. I don't think they could bite through the fence, but this is one you don't want to take chances with if the monkeys are not vaccinated. If they are, I won't get a shot; otherwise, I will. I suggest you talk with your health care provider to make a decision after I hear back from Belize.

Kathleen said...

I’ve heard back from our contact at the Belize Zoo about a rabies vaccination. He said the zoo animals have a “vaccination schedule,” but that there are wild animals around the zoo including foxes, bats and agoutis,so the person responsible for the animal collection advised a vaccination. I suggest you talk with your health care provider about this.