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Health Planning

Introduction

East Africa is a safe and secure destination, however, it is a good idea to take a few precautions.
 
If you are planning to travel to East Africa on safari, you will require a number of immunizations before you travel. Please consult your GP or local doctor at least 6 weeks before you travel. We have put together some information as a guide to help you to plan your safari before you leave home.
 
Whilst visiting your doctor, it is a good idea to review your current state of health, the medication that you are taking and any allergies that you may have. After you have received your injections, keep your immunization certificate together with your passport.

Immunizations

In order to prepare for your upcoming trip to East Africa, we would highly recommend that you get the following vaccinations:
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Polio
Yellow Fever
Typhoid
Tetanus
Meningitis
 
Please be aware that several of these vaccinations may require more than 1 dose and will take time to become effective. It is therefore highly advisable to visit your local doctor well in advance in order to seek appropriate advice on immunization.

Malaria

Malaria is a preventable infection, however, it can be fatal if left untreated. In certain parts of East Africa, you can get malaria if you are bitten by an infected mosquito between dusk and dawn. If you are travelling in a known malarial area such as the Masai Mara, preventative measures are essential in terms of both physical and drug prevention.
Physical Prevention
  • It is sensible to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes after dusk. The following is recommended:
  • Always wear long sleeved shirts and trousers after sunset.
  • Spray the exposed parts of your body with a mosquito repellent spray before leaving your tent at night.
  • It is also advisable to spray your tent after sunset to kill any mosquitoes that may have entered.

Drug prevention

There are certainly a number of different anti-malarial drugs on the market. You are advised to take one of the recommended anti malarial drugs if you are visiting a known malarial area, and continue to take the drug for a required period after you get back home. Ask your doctor for advice.

The African Sunshine

Much of East Africa is at altitude and the sun is hot. Particularly if you are fair skinned, you may burn easily. It is therefore necessary to take precautions by applying high factor sunscreen and to stay out of the direct sunlight. We would advise you to wear a hat whilst you are out in the mid day sun. Please use plenty of high factor sunscreen, try to stay out of the direct sunlight and drink plenty of fluids.