I can’t believe it’s already been been just over 2 months since I found out about this clowning trip. Even more unbelievable is that in exactly one month, I’ll be on a plane to Costa Rica!
Gosh, so much to do before then. I’ve committed to the trip with a big nonrefundable deposit, so that’s definitely extra incentive to make this happen.
But, I’ve been blessed so far! I’ve received some wonderful donations from friends. It’s been so amazing to feel the love and support from everyone.
It’s also quite amazing the preparations needed for a trip like this. First of all, you need a passport. Luckily, mine is valid and current. One less expense. According to the CDC and the trip coordinators, there are several vaccines recommended as well. Now these are just recommended not required, but in doing a little research I found that considering the nature of our visit to Costa Rica…clowning in hospitals, etc….and my own health history, there were a few that seemed wise for me to get.
So, I made the decision to try and get some of them.
Like most things in our world today, the health department “outsources” to a travel health service. So I made an appointment and headed over for what I thought would be a few inexpensive vaccines! Not!
Passport Health as the place is called is quite outrageous! Had I gotten all the 4 most important vaccines for my trip, it would have over $400!
Luckily for me, the nurse was quite helpful and informative, and she advised me, against their policy to do so, to go to the health department to get the vaccines. Now mind you, I called the health department first and was told that vaccines for travel were only done at this Passport Health facility and I had to contact them. As it turns out, my Passport Health nurse told me that they do offer the vaccines at the health department and at a much lower price, but you have to know what to ask for. They won’t tell you what you need to get.
So, I only got a typhoid vaccine from her and a list of the others to go get at the health department. I had to get the typhoid because it’s not available at the health department. Even so, the office visit and this vaccine were still over $100.
The others on my list are my tetanus booster, Hep B booster and Hep A. There were others suggested, but this is all I’m opting for because they are the most appropriate for where and what I’ll be doing. It will be at least another $100 for all of these at the health department. Depending on my funds, I may just opt for the tetanus, but we’ll see.