After choosing Ecuador as our destination, it was time to take on the germ fighters. So we checked with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, and then made an appointment with a travel clinic.
There was a charge for our initial consultation and recommendations. After that it was the cost for the shots themselves. We received shots for Typhoid, Hep A & B, MMR, Rabies and Paranoia. The last one would have been priceless if it had been in stock, sadly it wasn’t, but we are making out just fine without it. Although we understood that Rabies was practically nonexistent in the area we would be living, we tended to experience the symptoms of Paranoia on a regular basis when planning this move, so the rabies vaccine now pumps through our veins.
We were happy to find out that the research we had done on Malaria proved true, and we would not have to worry about anti Malaria meds. Malaria does not exist above 5000 feet, and Cuenca sits pretty at just about 8500.
I also spoke with a Naturopath about some health concerns. She was really excited for me and felt that my health would actually improve from the fresh air in the Andes, the organic fruit and veggies, free range chicken and grass fed beef. Turns out she was right. She also told me about a couple of handy little products, first up was Citricidal (GSE). It’s a concentrate of grapefruit seed extract and we use it to soak all of our fruit and veggies because it kills the germs. We use it all the time and avoid much sickness because of it. We stocked up before we arrived so we could enjoy fresh fruit and veggies right away without having to hunt for the Citricidal. Fortunately it is sold at the grocery stores here in Cuenca, so we have a ready supply when ours runs out. The brand here is called Kilol.
The second was Betaine HCL (Hydrochloride) and Pepsin pills. If we come into contact with any questionable food we just pop one or two, and they go to work eating up all the nasty gastronomically upsetting germs in the tum-tum.
With the immunization concerns out of the way we were feeling like the “Super Germ Fighting Family” ready to take on this strange and exciting unknown world of Ecuador.