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Tsavo National Park Safari - Kenya

Shropshire
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Tsavo National Park Safari - Kenya

Have booked a two week holiday in Kenya with a Safari to the Tsavo National Parks - have been told that we need a number of injections -

Yellow Fever

Swine Flu

Diptheria

Hepatitis A

Polio - Tetanus

Typhoid

and Malaria Tablets

There is a problem about the Yellow Fever injection because of our ages - both over 65.

Is it mandatory to have the Yellow Fever injections to go on Safari in Kenya? and if unable to have injection would a letter of exemption be sufficient.

Also a little concerned about recent reports on website about crime etc at coastal resorts.

Anyone been there recently and have any information about safety and the injection programme necessary.

We will be staying at the Diani Beach Resort.

Thanks

nyc
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1. Re: Tsavo National Park Safari - Kenya

Always discuss medical needs/requirements with your personal physician as it relates to your own health history.

Generally, for travel anywhere, adults should be current on many inoculations we had as children - even if never leaving home. Just as easy to contract Tetanus and Hep A locally.

Those to consider would be:

Tetanus (usually a combo DPT) - lasts 10/years

Hep A - believe current jab will last 10+/yrs or even lifetime

Polio Booster - last rest of your life.

Malaria tabs - yes

Repellent for mosquitos

(Don't forget the SPF to protect from Equatorial sun).

Yellow Fever is not required if isiting Kenya only (especially coming from a western country - as US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia). For those over 60 or 65 for whom this jab is not recommended (or traveler allergic to eggs), a note on docs letterhead should suffice.

Swine or other Flu - as deemed necessary by your own physician, but not currently specific for Kenya.

Typhoid - I've personally never had/taken in 16/yrs traveling to Africa or elsewhere.

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2. Re: Tsavo National Park Safari - Kenya

We were there a few weeks ago. That list of injections looks a bit daunting. I must admit we have most of them because they are pretty necessary wherever you go outside Europe. The yellow fever one is the one that we did not get. The nurse at our GP followed the strict NHS line that you need it. That advice comes despite the fact that here has not been a single case in Kenya for many years (I think it is over 25 years since the last case). You will not need a Yellow Fever Certificate for any travel to or around Kenya as long as you do not come from another country that has it. It is not necessary if you are travelling to and from the UK. As far as Malaria goes, protection is vital. We had Malarone and had no problems with it (Similar ages). This year we took some probiotics as well because some people seemed to have less problems if they took them as well and this did seem to help us.

The FO advice on security also looks pretty awful unless you look at it in he context of the same advice applying most countries, including the UK. We saw nothing to give us any more concern than you would experience in, say, London. Common sense is your main guide here as elsewhere. We were careful about obvious things like not wearing anything that looked expensive and being sure not to carry much money or cards on us when out and about. As long as you are in the main tourist areas you will be fine.

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3. Re: Tsavo National Park Safari - Kenya

Thanks for all the good advice and suggestions. Going back to see Doctor soon and checking again with Travel Agent.

Thanks

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