James and I went to the health department to get some of our vaccinations that we will need to travel to Ethiopia. Some of the vaccines that we needed were available at our doctor's office, so we got what we could there because they were able to bill our insurance for the shots. I called a travel clinic to see what it would cost for us to both get vaccines for yellow fever and a polio booster. Those four shots would have been about $500 there. The prices at the health department were about half that, and we're going to see if we can submit a claim to our insurance ourselves to cover the cost.
It did not take very long. I think we were there for about 30 minutes, maybe less. The health department was clean and the staff was very friendly. It feels good to cross one more thing off our to-do list.
Here's a list of the vaccinations that we have gotten, for other readers who are going to be bringing their babies home from Ethiopia.
hepatitis A and B
James is going to get a tetanus shot too. Mine was up to date. We got prescriptions for an anti-malaria medication too.