Vaccinations and health

Some people think whisky is expensive.

To put that in perspective: I paid 65,50 euro for a 1 ml booster dose of rabies vaccine.
This means that this vaccine, if served as a standard measure of Scotch (25 ml), would set you back roughly 1600 euro.

Given the fact that In unvaccinated humans, after symptoms have developed, rabies is virtually always fatal, I thought it rather worth the expense. Even more so after I read some more about the horrible development of the disease once it becomes manifest.

One of the more interesting symptoms of rabies is hydrophobia or ‘fear of water’. It is manifest in the later stages of an infection where even the suggestion of drinking fluids may cause extremely painful spasms of the muscles in the throat.

If you ever flipped through the health section of a guidebook you might have noticed that it is not always that easy to diagnose tropical illnesses. Symptoms of nearly every disease include fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and headaches. If you suffer from any of these afflictions you could either have malaria, dengue fever, yellow fewer, hepatitis, a dozen other tropical diseases or all of the above.

So it’s a good idea to get your shots.

Instead of repeating boring facts about malaria that every informed reader should already know, I’ll just mention a rather intriguing list of famous people who died of malaria:

– Alexander the Great
– Dante
– Caravaggio
– Lord Byron
– Oliver Cromwell
– King Mongkut of Siam
– David Livingstone
– Fausto Coppi
– Buffalo Calf Road Woman

I will elaborate more on vaccinations and health in this post later…
I lied. Sorry.



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