Thursday, April 07, 2005

Shots

Another busy, scattered day. Waking up to an apartment strewn with travel gear only stokes the sense of "life out of control”.

A damp morning. I had a 9:00 a.m. appointment for a Yellow Fever vaccination at the Napa Health Department. Tina, the nurse assisting me, provided a routine traveler’s consultation. She looked at the CDC website, and recommendations for the areas I would be visiting. In addition to Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Yellow Fever vaccinations, she strongly recommended Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever and Rabies vaccinations. Today I had the Yellow Fever shot and opted for the 4-capsule oral Typhoid vaccine (which I’ll take over the coming week.)

During the consultation, she warned “don’t eat salsa.” (“Are you crazy?”) “Don’t go in streams and lakes.” (“Are you insane???”) “And when you’re at the beach, always wear foot protection.”

We Americans are truly paranoid, and our government is not helping matters. They only feed the fear.

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