Top Nav

RTW Immunizations


Your recommended RTW immunizations will depend on the countries you plan to visit. It is best to consult a local travel clinic well in advance so that you can make proper preparations. I had to make sure I went at least 6 months prior in order to get all three rounds of my hepatitis immunizations. Here’s a list of all the ones I got:

Vaccine Cost No. Notes
Typhoid $54 4 pills Pills good 5 years.
Yellow Fever $98 1 shot Good 10 years.
Polio Booster $43 1 shot Locks in for life.
Meningitis $119 1 shot Locks in for life.
Hep A+B $62 3 shots Locks in for life.
Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis $58 1 shot Good for 10 years.
Total $557

*I decided against the Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies vaccines, but after my little instance of when animals attack in Kygryzstan, I was sort of wishing I was better prepared.

Malaria Immunization

There is no immunization for malaria, so I will be taking anti-malarial pills in buggy places. I took anti-malarials in Guatemala, but did not bring them to Central Asia. Some anti-malarial pills can have horrible side effects such as vivid nightmares and sun sensitivity, so do consult a knowledgable travel doctor in order to make an educated decision.

Also, don’t forget to take bug spray with deet in it, as well as light clothing that covers your extremities in malaria zones. It may even be worthwhile taking a quality mosquito net so you can sleep in peace at night.


6 Responses to RTW Immunizations

  1. John February 22, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    In the midst of planning my first extended independent travel experience. Are you recommending the above as a baseline of immunizations – to be followed by trip specific immunizations? Or were the above specific to your trip?

    I found my way here through a circuitous path that originated on aswetravel and progressed to I ended up at this page.

    • Brooke February 22, 2011 at 11:39 am #

      Hi John 😉

      I would recommend taking your itinerary to a travel doctor. I went to my local health department that had a special immunization group for those traveling overseas, and they were VERY helpful.

  2. John February 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Thanks Brooke for taking the time to answer – and so quickly. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a travel doctor. Will check it out.


  1. Sh!t About Travel That Scares the Sh!t Out of Me - April 10, 2011

    […] I set off back in 2007, I spent hundreds of dollars making sure I had the proper defenses in line. Hepatitis A + B, typhoid, yellow fever, whooping cough… […]

  2. Running the Numbers: The Forgotten Costs of a RTW Trip | Stowaway - November 11, 2011

    […] Immunizations for a broad travel itinerary can run fairly high ($550 according to one estimate), but that can include things like meningitis, which I think I got covered in college (Mom?). Also, […]

  3. The Story of Brooke vs. the World | Brooke vs. the World - December 9, 2011

    […] got a gazillion vaccinations, and started early at […]

Leave a Reply

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes