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Travel Vaccines For Africa

Wondering what vaccines or travel advice you need for Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, or Zimbabwe?

The recommended vaccinations and travel medications depend on many factors, such as past immunizations, itinerary, activities, length of stay, and current medical conditions. 

As part of our thorough consultation, we will ensure you and your loved ones are up to date, if necessary, with routine vaccinations such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), Tdap, polio, influenza, etc. Below is a list of potential vaccinations for Africa:

Hepatitis A: The virus is transmitted through food and water.

Hepatitis B: The virus is mainly spread through contact with infected blood, semen, or other body fluids. The vaccine is recommended for certain travelers or for all travelers going to areas with a high prevalence of the virus. There are certain areas or countries in Africa with a high prevalence of chronic hepatitis B infection, and vaccination is recommended for all travelers going to those areas, even if they are not involved in any risky activities. Our nurses or doctors will review your itinerary and provide you with the vaccination if necessary.

Typhoid: The bacteria is transmitted through food and water.

Rabies: Rabies is transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal. High  risk exists from dogs and other terrestrial animals in most areas of African countries.

Meningococcal: The bacteria is transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets and direct contact with an infected person's saliva or nasal secretions. All travelers to certain areas of Africa should be immunized against meningococcal disease, particularly during the dry season.

Polio: The bacteria is typically transmitted through contaminated water or food and multiplies in the intestine. It can enter the nervous system and cause paralysis. All travelers entering an area in Africa where the poliovirus is present or where there is an outbreak should ensure they are immune. All adults who received polio vaccinations in childhood may also need a booster dose if traveling to a polio-risk area in Africa.

Cholera and ETEC E. coli: Transmitted through food and water.

Yellow fever: see below.

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Yellow Fever Risk and Vaccination Requirements: Yellow fever is a serious viral disease spread by infected mosquitoes. The disease can cause symptoms ranging from mild fever, headache, and muscle pain to severe jaundice, bleeding, and organ failure. The best way to prevent yellow fever is through vaccination, which is often required for travelers heading to areas where the disease is common. Certain countries in Africa may require proof of yellow fever vaccination certificate. At North Vancouver Travel Clinic, we will provide you with the certificate if needed.

Malaria Risk and Prevention: There is a relatively high risk of malaria in most areas and countries in Africa. Our expert consultant will review your itinerary and recommend and prescribe appropriate and safe antimalarial preventative medication if necessary. You will also receive comprehensive mosquito avoidance tips during your consultation.

Traveler's Diarrhea: Up to 50% of travelers to a developing country will experience some form of diarrhea. This occurs as a result of ingesting food and water that contain a pathogen, leading to a localized infection of the intestine. At North Vancouver Travel Clinic, we will prescribe and provide you with an appropriate antibiotic to carry with you for self-treatment in case of a severe infection. Additionally, we will provide tips on food and water safety.

High Altitude Sickness: High altitude sickness could be a major issue for some travelers arriving at altitudes of 8,000 ft or above in some of these countries. We will review your itinerary and provide you with appropriate preventative measures, including prescription medication if necessary and appropriate.

There are other diseases and health concerns that travelers should be aware of, such as Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, pollution, and traveler’s diarrhea. Be sure to book an appointment with our experienced and certified travel specialist. Rest assured that we will work with you to cater our recommendations to your precise needs based on your travel itinerary, risk level, cost concerns, etc.

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