thanks xircal... that blog was really helpful. it was the reassurance and "you can do it" pep talk i've needed. the closer my departure date come the more every ones telling me how unsafe it is...
The ones saying it's unsafe have probably never been on such a trip and have zero experience in the area. Some people just can't fathom travel that is not the all inclusive resort type. To each their own, but I wouldn't pay any attention to what they are saying unless they have recent first hand experiences in the areas you are going
One other thing worth mentioning holy... is that it's advisable to get the recommended jabs for that part of the world. These are:
1) Twinrix which is a combination vaccine and provides you with lifelong immunity against Hepatitis A & B. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis
2) DTP which provides immunity against Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio for 10 years. See these:
Both of these are courses which means after the first jab, there's a one month interval followed by the third one six months later.
If time is short, your physician can adopt a different strategy by giving you four injections spaced out over a shorter period.
Neither vaccine causes any side effects though although the muscle in your upper arm may feel a little stiff for a week or two.