Travel vaccines FAQ

What are travel vaccines?
Travel vaccines are those vaccines that people have to get when they travel a certain area in the world. This would come in handy and protect them from various diseases and infections common to that land.

Are travel vaccines the same for all continents?

Travel vaccines can vary by continent. The more species of pathogens that exist in an area determines the combination of vaccines to be given.

What travel vaccines are given in Africa?

In Africa, the land is open and the climate encourages growth of various species. There is also great exposure of an individual to germs not only due to the environment but also due to the many epidemics and endemics in Africa. Thus, a combination of various vaccines is required by the traveler. Following is a list of the travel vaccines required for visit in Africa:

  • Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Yellow fever vaccine (booster shot is required after 10 years)
  • Polio virus vaccine (or if already vaccinated, then a polio booster)
  • Typhoid fever vaccine
  • Tetanus booster
  • Rabies vaccine

Vaccines are given as a precautionary measure. What other precautions should be taken?
Keeping yourself protected from mosquitoes by using mosquito repellents, keeping yourself clothed to minimize exposure and having a facility of a nearby hospital to get routinely checked. Staying hydrated is an excellent way to endure all toxins are drained from the body but keep diarrhea pills at hand! Traveller’s diarrhea can occur when unclean or contaminated water is used for drinking. It is recommended to avoid such activities that would endanger or compromise your safety and health. 

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