This is where we get the medicine?
One of the mornings, while in Mexico City, we arose in pursuit of something that we couldn’t find in the USA…... Prior to leaving the USA we researched the countries we were to traverse with the CDC's website to figure out how we needed to prepare our bodies for the fore-coming environments. There was A LOT of “problems” out there, however, most could be avoided by being smart about what one consumed and covering our bodies to protect against transmission by mosquito. Yet, there was one disease that required more attention. A vaccination for the Yellow Fever Virus is required for entrance into certain countries in Central and South America. "Surprisingly", the United States has only a single producer for this vaccination and they shut down production in July for “renovation purposes”. As result of poor planning, there was no more to be found from Iowa to the Texas border and production wasn’t supposed to ramp back up until February. This left us with one option, the dreaded “Foreign Healthcare”.
Turns out the local welder also sells vaccines!!!! Just kidding….. It was quick, easy, and painless, and at a fraction of the cost compared to what we knew the price was back home. Damn those pharmaceutical giants. In less than an hour, we were in and out of a real clinic with a real doctor that injected real vaccines, for real cheap. We’re very happy we didn’t go out of our way for the two remaining vaccines in Houston which had astronomical price tags. The hardest part of the day was communicating what we were looking for, something that our new friend Vanessa helped with greatly!