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1. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 770 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

I am going to Tanzania. I looked at the recommended shots and talked to my doctor and she didn't think I needed any additional shots, but my granddaughter's doctor gave her malaria preventative medicine. I understand that the malaria mosquitoes are mainly at the low altitudes and we are going to be in the Serengeti and Arusha which the lowest altitude is over 3000 feet. What do you think

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 350 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

This;
http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/united-republic-of-tanzania.aspx
and this;
http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/united-republic-of-tanzania/united-republic-of-tanzania-malaria-map.aspx
Suggest anti-malarials are a wise idea there.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2055 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

For countries where the possibility of catching malaria was possible I never got a shot but I used tablets or capsules. Cheapest I used for Asia visits was 100 mg. Doxycycline capsules. If you do get a preventative you start this ahead of time before you leave on the trip. Ask your doctor about this.

(The last time I was anywhere in Africa the government was paying for my medical care and they gave us the works including a Yellow Fever shot!)

http://malariaspot.org/en/eduspot/malaria-in-tanzania/
https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/resources/pdf/fsp/drugs/Doxycycline.pdf

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 770 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for those websites. It was interesting to see the UK recommendations and I read the information on the anti-malaria medication. Very interesting. I had gone to the CDC (USA) and looked to see what they recommended and as a result I have just had Hep A shot.

I had Hep B shots and a booster when I was working, and about 10 years ago I also got the Yellow Fever vaccination. My DPT is up to date. I am of an age that I have had measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox, so I don't think I need those shots, and I have had a polio vaccination (actually both the Salk and the Sabin) and I get a yearly flu shot. I have had two different pneumonia vaccinations and also the shot against shingles. I do not think I will need Rabies (the CDC says only if I am a veterinarian or the like. It also gives areas where there might be Cholera and I don't think I'm going to any of those places. So I made an appointment to get the malaria pills and we will see how that goes.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Mar-2018, at 18:01 by greatgrandmaR ]

5. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 560 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

I don't know if this website could give any insight:

http://malariaspot.org/en/eduspot/malaria-in-tanzania/

Unfortunately I have experienced this myself with doctors giving conflicting advice for travel health In a way it isn't so surprising, after all can you really expect a doctor in your own country to know about the health problems in another country

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 770 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

I went to my pulmonary doctor yesterday and he said to call the health department, so I did and they said that they no longer gave out information on shots for travel and gave me the name of two places where I could go. So I called the one that's here in this county and the girl on the phone said I should call the health department. I said I just called there and they gave me this name to call. So she made an appointment for me (3 weeks) and said I would have to pay out of pocket as foreign travel was not covered by any insurance. $60 for the doctor's visit plus paying for whatever shot or whatever I need.

7. Posted by Allen mihambo (Budding Member 2 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Yess its good to take precautions also.welcome to Tanzania you wilĺ enjoy here.

8. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 560 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

I went to my pulmonary doctor yesterday and he said to call the health department, so I did and they said that they no longer gave out information on shots for travel and gave me the name of two places where I could go. So I called the one that's here in this county and the girl on the phone said I should call the health department. I said I just called there and they gave me this name to call. So she made an appointment for me (3 weeks) and said I would have to pay out of pocket as foreign travel was not covered by any insurance. $60 for the doctor's visit plus paying for whatever shot or whatever I need.

You know I was just thinking you might have had better luck contacting Tanzania's health department

9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1047 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

The antimalarials aren't guaranteed to protect you. It's best to cover up, particularly at dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most prevalent; and also in shaded areas. That's why I wear long-sleeve shirts while traveling. I also avoid wearing dark colors; khaki is great. In areas with tsetse flies, avoid dark blue and black (the fly traps are constructed with those colors).

Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil) is now available in generic form in the U.S. I've taken them for as long as 90 days throughout Africa, South America and Asia without a problem.

Please note that while traveling in some African countries, particularly in West and Central Africa, you'll be asked to show proof of yellow fever vaccination. This will be asked of you not only on arrival, but also at some domestic check points.

P.S. Insect bites are difficult to avoid. Suggest you bring something to calm itches. My doctor prescribes an ointment that I take on all trips.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Mar-2018, at 06:00 by berner256 ]

10. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 770 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Some people apparently are more attractive to insects than others - I am relatively lucky that way. Thank you for reminding me about clothing. I rarely wear black or dark clothing when it is hot and never wear shorts, but I'll have to remind my granddaughter.

The information on the websites says that we only need yellow fever if coming from a yellow fever endemic place and since we will be just USA to Netherlands to Tanzania, we won't be in those places. I have had a yellow fever shot but it was 10 years ago.