Cheap Shots

Cheap Shots

Discounted travel immunizations don't hurt the wallet as badly.

What's more painful than enduring several rounds of travel immunizations?Feeling the pinch once the bill arrives. (Some shots can run as high as $145.) Few insurance companies cover the costs of these inoculations, yet protecting yourself against a disease like hepatitis A is non-negotiable. Many public health departments, such as the following three, offer discount vaccinations: Howell County Health Department (West Plains, Mo.; 417/256-7078) provides hepatitis A and B, measles-mumps-rubella, and tetanus-diphtheria free of charge; meningitis shots cost $70. Norwalk Department of Health (Norwalk, Conn.; 203/854-7937) offers hepatitis A and B, measles-mumps-rubella, meningitis, pneumonia, polio, rabies, tetanus-diphtheria, typhoid, and yellow fever; shots are at cost, plus a $15 session fee. Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services (Long Beach, Calif.; 562/570-4222) offers hepatitis A and B, Japanese encephalitis, meningitis, polio, rabies, tetanus-diphtheria, typhoid, and yellow fever, for a $30 fee plus the cost of the shots. To find clinics in your area, contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (800/232-2522; www.cdc.gov/travel/travel_clinics.htm).

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