I had my initial jabs today in preparation for the trip:
- Tetanus booster
- Hepatitus A and B
Total cost for these four jabs was 17,850JPY. I have to go back in three weeks time for another round of Hepatitus jabs and for a Typhoid jab. The Typhoid one has to be imported into Japan especially – 25,000JPY for that one injection alone! Ouch. But I guess that’s a lot cheaper than getting treated for the disease…
The doc I saw was an interesting chap. At least 60 years old, Japanese, and surprisingly good English. My appointment was for 1:30pm, and there were no indications that I would be getting injected until about 2:30pm. For a solid hour we yarned about travelling. His first time abroad was a year-long stint in Tanzania studying virus strains. “About 40 years ago. Ha ha ha.” Very jovial doc.
The nurse that actually did the jabbing wasn’t accustomed to giving a person four injections at once, so was just about to inject a second injection in my left arm (my right arm already had two), when a senior nurse noticed and scolded her for not doing a jab in each arm and a jab in each bum cheek. No ill effects so far, so I’m sure I’ll survive.