Travel Health Advice for Kenya & Tanzania
Health risks visiting game parks vary depending on accomodation ( anything from luxury lodges to basic tents) transport (van, truck , aircraft, balloon or on foot) and time of year. In addition travellers doing aid work or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro face their own unique health challenges.
The following information provides some broad and general guidelines about health risks and recommendations for travel to Kenya and Tanzania.It should not be taken as a substitute for a personal consultation with one of our travel health doctors, whose advice will be specific for you and your trip and may include some things not mentioned here.
Most Common Health Issues
Travellers’ Diarrhoea, Giardia and Dysentery
Observe strict food and water safety precautions. Take a water filter and well stocked kit with guidelines for treatment.
Risk of this mosquito borne parasite depends on itinerary and season. The need for preventative medication should be discussed with one of our doctors. Any fever after travel to these countries requires a blood test to exclude malaria.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirements and Recommendations
This is a very serious but rare mosquito borne disease. Most travellers to Kenya or Tanzania require or are recommended the vaccination either for disease protection, prevention of international spread or for bureaucratic reasons. An internationally recognised certificate is issued as proof of vaccination and should be presented when requested at border crossings. An exemption certificate can be provided where there are medical contraindications to this vaccine.
See us about prevention and treatment of altitude sickness, get fit and have a check-up prior.
African countries have the highest rates of HIV in the world. Do not put yourself at risk. STD checks are available on return.
Security and Safety
Keep an eye on the Australian government’s website – smartraveller.gov.au
As well as Yellow Fever and being up to date for routine childhood vaccines such as tetanus, measles and Hep B, the following vaccines are often recommended – hep A, typhoid, rabies, cholera, meningitis and influenza. Decisions regarding which are most appropriate depend on duration and nature of travel, itinerary, age and underlying medical conditions.