Monday, April 14, 2014
Yellow Fever, Typhus, and Malaria ... Oh My!
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So on to trip preparation! With all of the other busyness going on around here it has been whirlwind. So everything is set to go with the trip. I booked the flight and the accommodations have been paid as well. Last Wednesday I got my first shots and prescriptions for the trip.
I went to the travel doctor and received a Yellow Fever vaccine and a Typhus Vaccine. Additionally, I was given a prescription for a broad spectrum antibiotic and for Malaria prevention. I'll have to get a few more shots from the health department. The additional shots are for things like Hepatitis A and B, and a Tdap booster. So a few more needles in my future! I attached a picture that the nurse was kind enough for me to take before I received my vaccines. You can see my Yellow Fever Card (required to enter the country) and the box for the vaccine.
Additionally, I received my passport in the mail on Saturday! I had to apply for a renewal as my last one had expired last year. One more step is complete on my journey to Africa! Thanks to everyone keeping up on my blog. Let me know if there is anything you want to know about while I prep for the trip. Feel free to share my blog on your facebook etc!
Michael completed his master’s degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in West Chester, PA in 2014. During his time at WCU, Michael acted as the media consultant, participated in several academic and research programs including one in Rwanda, and another in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. He has been invited to speak at numerous conferences, seminars and symposiums on the subject of the Holocaust and genocide. Michael is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit. His position is part of a special initiative through the Vice President of the United State’s efforts to improve the lives of Holocaust Survivors currently living in the United States. Through this initiative, Michael works to enhance services and outreach to the Metro Detroit Survivor community and has developed and implemented a training program for Jewish Family Service staff to learn more about the history of the community they serve.