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[ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

Hi guys,

Is there anyone who can give me some advice or information on jabs for travelling to Africa i.e. How much, where etc. I am living in Zurich.

I assume I can get this organised through my health insurance but I wanted to get some advice before hand.

Many thanks in advance!
Gaz
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Re: [ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

Hey Gaz,

If you go to your GP they should be able to advise you, depending on where in Africa you will go...
The official website would be: http://www.bag.admin.ch/impfinformation/06317/ (in german)

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Re: [ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

Africa is huge. I had that discussion when I "dared" to travel to South Africa during the ebola outbreak last year. People could not believe me that London was closer to the outbreak zone than Cape Town...



bottom line: if you want a meaningful answer on what you need will you give a bit more information. And if I were you would I not trust an online forum but talk to a doctor.
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Re: [ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

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bottom line: if you want a meaningful answer on what you need will you give a bit more information. And if I were you would I not trust an online forum but talk to a doctor.
Terrible advice - an online forum consists of many thousands of users, with a diverse range of experiences and opinions. The information you can get from a forum is far superior to that you can get from a highly trained and experienced professional.
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Re: [ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

Hey guys,

Many thanks for your responses, much appreciated.

I'll be travelling to Zimbabwe. I've checked out a few websites so I'm aware of the sorts of jabs I need. I was hoping to get an idea on the prices here in CH. A few people I've spoken to in person have said it might be worth getting them done in Germany as they may be cheaper but if the price difference between CH and DE isn't too painful then I'd just do it here.

I will certainly contact my health insurance anyhow but anyone who has experience with this would be great if you could give advice.

Thanks again y'all!
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Re: [ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

A useful place with good service: http://www.ebpi.uzh.ch/en/services/travelclinic.html

20 minutes of consultation = CHF 70 (billed in 5 minute blocks, so be curt :>)
labour per shot: CHF 7.3 (they seem to have mistakenly billed only two instead of five shots)

... and the rest is for lots of funky meds.

Best of all: show up, pay up, fill up - done.
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Re: [ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

I am pretty sure it's cheaper anywhere but CH... probably half the price, but the question is if it's worth the trip and I guess no.
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Re: [ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

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I assume I can get this organised through my health insurance ...
FYI:

http://www.bag.admin.ch/themen/krank...x.html?lang=en

"Travel vaccinations and preventive treatments (e.g. yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis) are not covered."

(If you have supplementary insurance these might be covered, though. Check your policy.)
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Re: [ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

Thanks again guys! I'll post up the outcome once I get them done so others can see.
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Re: [ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

As others have said, your doctor, or even better a tropical vaccination center, is the best resource to advise you. However, I give you the following info as a rough idea. You are lucky that Zim doesn't have Yellow fever, as only a few places are authorized to give this, and it's expensive. It does have malaria, and a fortnight supply of Malarone is about 120 CHF, though Bulawayo and Harare don't have the disease and prophylaxis isn't necessary. Hepatitis A will be at least 100 CHF, and all the others like typhoid, polio, tetanus, cheaper.

Hope this is of some use.
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Re: [ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

The vaccinations you need also depend on the countries you've traveled from before arriving and what you will be doing while you are there.

Thanks to the tropical meds unit at HUG, my yellow card has stamps for Polio, Hep A, Hep B, Tetanus and yellow fever and there are other vaccinations they were happy to give, but are also not necessary. My employer covered the costs.

Zimbabwe also has rabies and typhoid if you really enjoy needles. And malaria.

Last year I went to Harare and I was not asked for proof of vaccinations. I arrived via Jo'burg.
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a fortnight supply of Malarone is about 120 CHF,
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Hepatitis A will be at least 100 CHF
Paid two days ago:
- Malarone 12 pcs = 12 days: CHF 52
- Hepatitis A+B: CHF 75

I paid this as centrally in Zurich as possibly (see my link above - connotation: bloody expensive location).

Where on this planet do you let yourself being ripped off?
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Re: [ZURICH] Disease Jabs - Travelling to Africa

For a 14 day trip one would need 22 tablets of Malarone, not 12. A box of 12 tablets is 62.25 CHF, so 124.50 CHF would be the total price.

12 tablets wouldn't even be sufficient for a week-long trip, as you need to take one or two tablets before the trip and 7 after.

Hepatitis A cost 100 CHF when I had it last, but I can see that the combined vaccine is now the cheaper price you quote.
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For a 14 day trip one would need 22 tablets of Malarone, not 12. A box of 12 tablets is 62.25 CHF, so 124.50 CHF would be the total price.

12 tablets wouldn't even be sufficient for a week-long trip, as you need to take one or two tablets before the trip and 7 after.

Hepatitis A and B are not the same vaccination.
Please kindly note what I _did pay_, and what I did _pay for_. These are not imaginary numbers pulled out of your "rough idea" hat, but real numbers transferred manually from the printed billed into this forum.

The 12 tablet package for Malarone is perfectly suitable for a week-long trip because Malarone is (also - mostly?) taken as part of emergency procedures (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atovaquone/proguanil); prophylaxis against Malaria seems to be challenging, at best (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaria_prophylaxis).

Hepatitis A+B is indeed not the same as Hepatitis B (only). Twinrix (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twinrix) just covers broader, more than "just" Hepatitis B.
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