"Just relax your arm, let it rest" were the words before I felt a pinch. It had been ages since I last had a syringe pinch my body. I don't actually remember exactly when I last had somebody put a needle on my body, but I am sure I haven't had any injections or anything after I left Nepal years ago. I was anxious, to say the least, when I visited my travel clinic this afternoon to get the Yellow Fever jab.
Yes, that's why I had to "feel the pinch" and the numbness around the "spot" afterwards. It wasn't too bad actually, a lot easier than I had anticipated. The only discomfort I felt was the pinch when the needle first pierced my skin. I didn't feel the liquid go in, which is actually more painful if I remember correctly. Apparently this vaccine goes inside the skin but not into the muscle, hence less pain.
Okay, I had to get this vaccine for Yellow Fever because if I don't I wouldn't get entry into Mali, the country I will be visiting in a few weeks' time for a project meeting. Apart from a visa, you also need the international Yellow Fever vaccination card (yellow in colour!) to enter Mali. And the list of vaccines, medications, precautions doesn't end there. I was given this dozen-page printout about the health risk when travelling to Mali and few other countries that I'll be going later in the year, required and recommended vaccinations and medications for those destinations, and at the end, "security advisory"!
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