Monday, December 4, 2017

Short Social Fiction: Adventures of Tupi 23

"Maybe this is overdoing it, but I need to be safe than sorry." Tupi said and went to the doctor to get vaccines. Tupi went to his private doctor and informed his doctor about his trip.

"I'm going to Latin America, and I need all the injections." Tupi said.

"What do you mean all?" The doctor asked.

"You know, just in case I contract any disease and stuff." Tupi said.

"Which country are you visiting?" The doctor asked. "People don't really get vaccinations now except Yellow fever vaccine and meningococcal vaccine if you go for the Hajj"

"I don't know, I don't want to get sick, so I want all the vaccines." Tupi said.

"Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Tetanus are the common ones." The doctor said. "But you know you may get sick after getting the injection right?"

"What? I thought vaccines are for you not to get sick." Tupi said.

"Vaccines are weak versions of the virus that cannot spread, but you may get sick even when it is weak." The doctor said.

"Pay money, get sick?" Tupi said. "Why would anyone do that?"

"So you don't get sick there." The doctor said. "You can find out how your body reacts to the virus here before going, and your body builds defense."

"Um... well, ok." Tupi said. "Besides getting physically hurt, financially hurt, now my ego hurt..."

"Besides the injections, I'll also provide malaria pills, and start taking before leaving Singapore." The doctor said.


Tupi was well prepared for the trip. He felt tired after the injections and just went home and rest. He checked on the emails and sent email to Alex and chatted with Alex on Skype for an hour and finally decided to visit Haiti.

"Never been there, don't know what to expect, but it seems I can learn a lot from the experience." Tupi said and started to research more on how to get there on a budget. "The options don't look too good as every flight is expensive. Flying to Santo Domingo and taking a 7 hour bus seems to be the cheapest option. Port-au-Prince is really expensive to fly to."

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