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Vaccinations required for Kenya and Tanzania

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1. Posted by Nader (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

When I checked the web I found that a lot a vaccinations are recommended for Kenya and Tanzania, such as malaria, hepatitis A & B, rabies, etc. Are all these vaccinations really necessary or is it just an over statement?

2. Posted by Overlandin (Budding Member 82 posts) 5y

Hi Nader,

It really depends on how much of a risk you are willing to take. Personally I think the cost of having these vaccinations far outweighs the cost of having treatment to attempt to fix the disease should you get it.

I recommend Malaria prophylactics and Yellow Fever as a minimum regardless of where you go and how you travel for East Africa.

If you are staying at a 5 star lodge and the chances of being bitten by a rabid animal is nil then perhaps there is not much point getting those jabs etc.

Hep A and C, and a Tetanus booster (if you haven't had one in the last 10 years) are good ones to get, Typhoid/Polio/Diphtheria and Cholera you should have had as a kid and should still be valid.

Really (with the exception of Yellow Fever) it is a personal choice, but I strongly recommend you see you closest travel clinic or GP for advice.

Cheers,
Tania

3. Posted by Nader (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Thanks Tania, I really appreciate it.