Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Final Prep for Malawi

Less than a month to go before I head for Malawi. Hard to know what to make from this distance about reports of a possible attempted coup.

As for the things that are somewhat under my control, I got most of my shots last week (hepatitis B, meningitis, TdaP for tetanus, diptheria and whooping cough). My typhoid and hepatitis A vaccinations from a few years ago are still good. No need for yellow fever since Malawi is not in a yellow fever zone. Filled my prescription for malarone against malaria. Ordered a mosquito net.

The CDC recommends a pre-exposure rabies vaccine as a precaution but the travel doctor I consulted here in Cambridge says there's a shortage of vaccine in the U.S. and so it's being restricted only to folks who have actually been bitten by a bat or a dog or cat, etc.

In other words, I have taken the recommended medical precautions and will hope for the best.

Considering I'll be in Malawi in their winter, the biggest threat is probably from traffic accidents.

Related posts:
At Work with Malawi's Nurses


Julep said...

You are going to LOVE Malawi, the people are amazing. If you have any free time, try to get to Zomba and also to Cape MacClear/Chembe on Lake Malawi.

Anonymous said...

Just got back from Lilongwe this week after completing the Candlelight Memorial festivities--see the Global Health Council's website. Happy to report that mosquitos were not a big problem. On the political side, my impression is that the likelihood of a coup is not very high and the government is putting more attention toward the looming threats of increased food and energy prices and inflation. Can't wait to hear more about your research there.

Christine Gorman said...

Thanks, Laura. I had made some inquiries on this end as well and was reassured by the answers.