Steve B 108, Agent M99, 4Sandi,
I visited 2 travel clinics and my own GP since Saturday 12th.
On the return journey they "might" stay overnight ( 1 night )in Nairobi. So here is a summary.
Saturday 12th Jan. Doctor number 1 Travel clinic Melbourne
Doc 1 said she hadn't been notified about the new yellow fever regulations on the travel sites nor had read nor seen the WHO site which now excludes TZ. I had a printed copy of the page Steve had referred me to in a previous post. She said she hadn't been officially notified so ignored it.
She then referred to her 2012 Australian Government Travel Guide for Travel Clinics.
Vaccination required for those going to TZ via Kenya even if less than 6 hours would be amongst others yellow fever.She said this was required by the Australilan government- For anybody returning from a declared yellow fever zone and according to her book Kenya and TZ where such zones.. She didn't know what the TZ or Kenyan governments/border officials would say or do.
So those travelling had the yellow fever vaccination at this clinic They were also given Hepatitis A and Typhoid. I was asked by her if they needed the rabies vaccination and I said no- wouldn't be necessary. They were all given a prescrition for malaria meds.
Cost $380 per person.
Doc 1 had never been to East Africa.
Sunday 13th Doc 2 Travel Clinic Geelong
I met Doc 2 socially and as there were 8 people out of the 10 there travelling to TZ in the next year -the conversation got around to vaccinations.
I asked Doc 2 what was required for Tz. He said yellow fever, Hep A and Typhoid and a new one to me Meningitis A. Also to make sure tetanus and polio were up to date very important.
Then I said to him I had seen on the web that TZ was no longer on the list of countries that Australlia required, when returning, for you to have had the vaccination.
He then disappeared to his computer and came back and said he checked the WHO site and I was right. Nairobi, Mombassa and Tanzania were now okay and you didn't not need the yellow fever vaccination if visiting those areas when returning to Australia.
I asked him what he would've done I if hadn't told him to check- he said he would've used the same book Doc 1 used.
I then said what will you do now, his reply: Before I give anybody any more vaccinations for yellow fever I will read the updates on the WHO site and the Travel Sites (the one Steve referred me to.)
Then he told me Meningitis A is very dangerous and to have that before they go. He gave them a prescription for it.
Doc 2 has travelled to east Africa more than 10 times and Tanzania 6.
I then asked why do you need the vaccine and what would you recommend from now on.
His comments not mine-
-everybody going to TZ via Kenya should have the vaccination for yellow fever as the guy at the boder at Namanga or even Kia might not also have read the WH0 site and who knows any way what they might think and do. Not worth the risk.
- yellow fever is carried by mosquitoes and the Maasai Mara is not on the "cleared list" . The Serengeti is part of the Maasai Mara. What if a mosquito flys across the border and bites you in the Serengeti. He won't know where the border is and he doesn't know he shouldn't be there so for your own safety have the vaccine.
-What if you are travelling for a month or so and there is a fresh outbreak and you haven't had the vaccine then what will you do?
Doc 3 my own GP
I visited him for a new prescription for the meningitis vaccine for travel to East Africa.
He said hardly anybody worries about Meningitis A as it is seasonal he said Doc 2 was being extra cautious.
He gave me the script. Then I asked about yellow fever -His reply and I quote -without the vaccination "they won't let you back into Australia."
I didn't pursue it any more.
Doc 3 is a well travelled Malayasian doctor.
I hope this is of some interest.
My opinion have the vaccine for your own safety if nothing else.