What Vaccines Do I Need For... East Africa?
Safari in East Africa is, for many people, right up there at (or near) the top of the bucket list. Whether it's the endless horizon to horizon plains of the Serengeti, the rolling savannah of the Maasai Mara, the wildlife paradise of Ngorongoro Crater, or the golden beaches and sunsets of exotic Zanzibar; East Africa will capture your heart and memory for a lifetime.
As a travel doctor, preparing travellers for their adventures in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and/or Rwanda is one of the highlights of my week. Having experienced the wonders of that special part of the world myself, it's always a thrill to know what people are getting themselves in for - an adventure they will never forget.
For all of East Africa's beauty, mystique and charm, it is a dangerous part of the world for many reasons, not least of which are the health risks. These are numerous and include malaria, Yellow Fever, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, meningococcal disease, traveller's diarrhoea, dengue fever, zika virus and, due to a recent outbreak in the Horn of Africa, polio.
So on a trip to East Africa, when you come in for a Africa Pre-Travel Consultation at the Waikato Travel Clinic, I will almost certainly recommend the following: malaria chemoprophylaxis (tablets to prevent malaria), insect repellent, food and water precautions and vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever, Tetanus and possibly even Polio, Cholera, Meningococcal Disease and Rabies Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.
Obviously this can end up being a little pricey, and sometimes the pre-travel vaccinations and medications for a trip to East Africa can cost as much as $1,200 per person - but do not fear, the average cost is usually more like $600-700 per person and several of these vaccinations give you protection lasting from 10 years to LIFETIME, which makes them better value for money.
Regardless, it is an essential part of travel to East Africa that you see a specialist travel doctor like myself at the Waikato Travel Clinic, because Yellow Fever vaccination is mandatory for entry/exit from several of those countries, and malaria tablets are absolutely essential.
So come and see me at the Waikato Travel Clinic and make your adventure in East Africa a healthy one, free of unwanted and surprise illnesses.