Saving Money While Traveling Vaccines Overseas. I can’t travel, I don’t have any money. Have you ever said that? I have a couple of tricks to save money while hitting the road. I have repaired luggage zippers in Yerevan, Armenia. Timed my haircut for Granada and Bhutan. And gotten my vaccines in Bangkok.
Every year or so, I check in with the Northwestern Travel Medicine in Chicago and receive a consultation. Over Christmas when I was back in Chicago I was able to do a phone consultation, where the travel nurse informed me that my Typhoid vaccine had expired. The cost of the Typhoid vaccine was going to set me back $300. Ouch. I then checked in with the Minute Clinic at CVS, and things were not that much more promising, with the cost being over $200.
But I had an ace in my pocket. The Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University in Bangkok. Cost of the Typhoid vaccine under $15. Of course, this opens up a Pandora’s Box of the true cost of medicine, but that is for someone else’s blog.
I strongly recommend you to make an appointment online. No need to wait when you get your vaccine. It is easy, just go online.
Where is it?
Take the BTS to Victory Monument. Then there is a quick walk of ten minutes to the hospital, so head down Ratchawithi Road. It can be a little deceiving, since the building is behind this building facing the street.
So walk behind this building …
… and you will find this building and enter the lobby.
In The Hospital
You will be greeted by some lovely, friendly women, who will tell you to take the elevator to the third floor.
Get off on the third floor and head right and head down the hall to the Travel Clinic.
Check in at the desk and remember to bring your Passport and your Yellow Book if you have one. The nurse will ask you some basic information and soon after you will meet with the doctor.
The doctor will welcome you into her office to provide a consultation. My doctor spoke excellent English. She overviewed my future travels and Yellow Book. I was then escorted back to the waiting room.
Meet the Doc!
The nurse then directed me to the nearby cashier, where I paid my bill. I returned back to the Travel Clinic and presented my paid receipt.
A moment later I was escorted into another room where in less than a couple of minute I received my new Typhoid Vaccine!
Short, sweet, professional and cheap! So time your next vaccine for when you travel overseas.
Saving Money While Traveling Vaccines Overseas.