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1. Posted by phish123 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

im not traveling to Africa but ive been thinking about it. But i mean is it safe? I would love to go to Egypt and other places. I'm talking disease wise. What places are safe and what places are not?

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Phh, you'd need Hepatitis A and B as well as Typhoid jabs. Hepa jabs are recommended even for travel to Southern Europe, so you should have them in the first place. Hepatitis and Typhoid jabs are also not very expensive. Apart from that Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for some countries, but not really necessary for Egypt. Egypt is the European version of Cancun, go figure.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Just go to your local Travel Clinic and they will tell you just what you need. We're off to South African and Mozambique at the end of the year, and we got Hep A & B, Typhoid, and Tetanus shots (plus I got a second measles shot as my vaccination records were out of date). Malaria pills still to come!

Hep A and B (Twinrix) cost a pretty penny - $65 X 3 shots. But maybe that differs by country.

Different regions of Africa require different immunizations. Invest in a visit to the clinic to be safe! :)

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 6, 2008, at 8:37 AM by tway ]

4. Posted by phish123 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

but id still be worried about hep C.

5. Posted by Overlandin (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I have sent thousands of travelers on tours all over Africa for 7 years and have never had one case of Hep C reported back to me.... or typhoid, rabies, Hep A or B, or any really nasty disease for that matter. It is advisable to get the malaria tablets and various shots as recommended by a up-to-date travel doctor or tropical diseases clinic but don't let any of those things put you off traveling to Africa!