Yellowfever Panic

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   Posted 8/29/2010 1:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi all.

Thanks for the comments.

I’ve checked and I do need to take some form of anti-malaria meds for my destination.  I think that it's just a case of trying one and seeing how I get on.  All have side effects, it’s just a case of deciding which ones are preferable.  I’ve decided to try Malarone, and take it about a week before I go, to see if I have any severe reactions.  Also, it need only be taken for seven days on returning home, so this would be better to get off it fast.  With any luck I won't have any problems.


Hit another snag though; I always knew I had to have a yellow fever jab, and I am not scared of injections, but the more anxious/worried/irrational side of me has latched onto something a friend said.  His doc advised him about all the side effects and possible death from being vaccinated, and yes it's freaked me out.  I go to the doctors on Tuesday to get this and am sure he will advise me.  But since with the stress at work, and now this, my Crohn's has started up a little (mucus and urgent visits to the loo every morning).  I just wondered if anyone has had any experiences with this vaccination.  I have tried looking up various web information, but I end up reading all the bad bits.


Wish I could relax and just enjoy the fact that we are going on holiday; it’s a once in a lifetime, but so far it’s just a once in a lifetime worry.  I began with thoughts of “yeah, I can handle this”, but as it gets closer I think “why do I put myself through these things?” 

But I know the answer; if I didn’t I would be a hermit and not see any of the world and life is too short.


Any tips or advice on yellow fever or travelling would me much appreciated.  I do like that I have found you all, to discover like-minded/suffering souls.  I also hope to be able to respond to others but always very concerned about giving duff advice.  Sorry off loading, but woke at 3 this morning in a panic and that has to stop.


On the plus side it is a beautiful sunny, sunday morning. turn

XX Blue



Diagnosed with UC in 1990. Diagnosis changed to CD in 2010.
Current med's: Asacol and Predfoam, plus a few alternative therapies.

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   Posted 8/29/2010 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Bluetit - try to remember that there are always a few people with a bad reaction, but the odds are GREATLY in your favor that there won't be...worrying yourself into a flare isn't going to help the situation, or your health!

Take the advice above, take a deep breath, and try to relax. You're doing something fun that most of us can only dream of!
UC dx in 1998 (age 18) - proctosigmoiditis, possible CD (untested)?
Allergic to Sulfa
1998-2009 Asacol 2 pills 2X daily - very sketchy about taking it...pretty much drug-free for a long time.
Aug 2009 - small flare - Mesalamine enemas for 2 weeks and 4 Apriso pills 1x daily...still a bit sketchy about taking the Apriso once the flare was done
August 2010 - Flaring again -taking Apriso every day!

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   Posted 8/29/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you tsitodawg and kelli_C.

I never knew mosquitos didn't like garlic, my other half is going to think I stink. lol.

I will be taking deet with us and whatever else I can probably think off, just so long as I can still carry my suitcase, I tend to take everything but the Kitchen sink, but this time will have to try and travel light.

I know we are very lucky, we are off to Kenya, so it should be excellent, if I can just relax. I don't think it's helping that I keep waking up early.

I think all the places we are staying have nets, but maybe one of our own in case theirs are not, you know, up to the job. Wouldn't be a bad idea. I know I am a worrywort, especially about my heath and everything comes with risks, but when you read all the info on the live injections, it got my head all twisted round, no matter what the statistcs say.

Thank you for your comments, they are very much appreciated.

Hope your both having a good day.

If anyone has any experience with the jab, your comments would be much appreciated.


XX Blue

Diagnosed with UC in 1990. Diagnosis changed to CD in 2010.
Current med's: Asacol and Predfoam, plus a few alternative therapies.

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   Posted 8/30/2010 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
For what it's worth, I've had the yellow fever vaccination 3 times in my life. Last time was about 2 years ago. I had no reaction whatsoever.

Be glad that there IS a yellow fever vaccination - there is none for malaria (the anti-malarial drugs fall far short of being a vaccination). I've had bad reactions to the anti-malarial drugs so I didn't take them, and caught malaria twice. Obviously, it is a survivable disease or I wouldn't be here. So don't worry.

Have a good journey. It will work out.
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