Armed with my little yellow card (International Certificates of Vaccination as approved by The World Health Organization), I visited my new primary physician and asked her if my immunizations were up to date since I would be traveling worldwide again this year. She replied by saying that she didn’t do that and referring me to a travel doctor. I already had appointments with my dentist, my opthamalogist, my dermatologist, and my gynecologist so I decided to skip another appointment with another physician and just go with what I had.
Then the lovely little booklet arrives from HAL, saying that yellow fever vaccination must be within 10 years. Mine expired along about the end of 2009. Since then I have been around the world twice and to South America three times. Always diligently handing my little yellow card to the HAL boarding personnel and/or the immigration officials. Who obviously never bothered to read it.
I called the travel doctor and got a machine, left message. I then called St. John’s County Health Department. They referred me to the Flagler County Health Department. I spoke with a knowledgeable nurse who advised me to come as soon as possible since there were only 2 doses of yellow fever vaccine in the county… and none in St. John’s. Apparently there is a yellow fever vaccine shortage. I made an appointment for the next day. The travel doctor’s office returned my call but I already had the appointment in Flagler County and was feeling good about the person with whom I had spoken.
The personnel at Flagler County Health are caring and knowledgeable. I have my yellow fever…. and my typhoid…. and the first round of Hep A and Hep B. All of which were also out of date! I will return two more times before March 1 for the remaining Hep A and B vaccines. I am driving 120 miles each time to the facility. But I will do so since I have found people who actually CARE.
The cost of the immunizations so far is $268. I plan to turn it into my insurance… will keep you updated on the final cost and how much the insurance will cover.
Several sleepless nights, calls to travel agent, and generally shaking with anger have consumed me this week. This is the third cruise in a row where Holland America has reduced the fare after the final payment date. The cruise lines tout early bookings and then penalize customers who do so. On this cruise, the reduction was substantial. I doubt seriously if I book prior to the final payment date in the future. I believe HAL is making a serious error in treating their loyal passengers in such a callous manner.
Bob and Leslee: Glad you are following my blog. I hope we travel together again in the future.
Janis: Since I opted for the HAL transfer and overnight, the Instructions for boarding the Amsterdam will be at my hotel in Hong Kong when I arrive.
Patricia: I’m glad you are following my blog again this year. Hope you enjoy it.