In an effort to try not to die, I went to my local Passport Health Clinic to update my vaccinations prior to leaving the US for Ethiopia. Much to my surprise, two of the three vaccines that I needed were oral vaccines versus an injection. The Cholera vaccine was a powder solution mixed with water that tasted like seaweed with a spritz of lime (yummy!).

Vivotif’s Typhoid vaccine was a series of four pills – one to be taken every 48 hours at the same time of the day/night on an empty stomach.

I admit that I was a bit put off by the fact that I had to remember to not only to take the pill, but also to not eat or drink for whole hour beforehand #firstworldproblems.  As many that know me can attest, I barely know what day or time it is at any given moment.

But never fear, technology is here – and the $140.00 vaccination not only came with a guarantee of not dying of a strange medieval disease, but also with a texting service which ensured that I would not make a mess of things. Exactly 47 hours after I took the first pill, the texting service sent a reminder to not eat before the prescribed hour. This was followed by a text on the hour to take the pill. Finally, I received a message that I had to reply “YES” to fifteen minutes later to confirm that I had put the remaining pills back in the refrigerator.

What a wonderful time to be alive.

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