Typhoid Meds

Typhoid Meds Getting ready to go to Vietnam in April, so I went and got a tetanus booster shot on Thursday & am taking meds for typhus. Feels a little weird to be putting live germs in my gut, no matter how "attenuated." Apparently, side effects are usually mild. We'll see. Since I've been to VN several times, I have most of the other shots I need & the truth is, in the cities (where I will spend most of my time) most of the things I'm vaccinated against are not really a problem. But I am hoping to get out in the countryside a bit, thus the excess of caution.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “Typhoid Meds”

  1. When I went to Kenya, I had to take a prophylactic malaria medicine that had psychotropic effects. I wound up with about six months of deep, dark depression. It was strange to know that my despair was merely chemical because that didn’t make it feel any different at all.

    Spread peace and goodwill, my friend. The world needs that from Americans.

  2. Pablo, they have new malaria meds (Doxycycline)that don’t do that. I’m taking some with me that I’ll take if I go down to the Mekong Delta, which is the only place it’s really a problem in VN.

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