Malaria is no fun

Our doctors did some exciting work on us in anticipation of this trip. I twice visited the Travel Clinic at the Mount Auburn Hospital where I was loaded up with the vaccines for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Tetanus, Diptheria and Typhoid Fever. It actually wasn't too bad. I didn't have adverse reactions to any of the (many, many) shots.

I was also prescribed Lariam for malaria "prevention." It doesn't really prevent it, it just helps your odds. I am taking it every Monday for the two weeks before, the two weeks of and the four weeks after exposure.

Just in case, I have also packed along Dayquil, Nyquil, Dramamine and enough Advil to anesthetize an elephant.

Still, even with all of these precautions, it is reassuring that everywhere we stayed, there was mosquito netting to protect us while we slept.

Mom and the Mosquito Netting at the Arusha Lodge