Kenya health advice, vaccination and accessories
Kenya is an absolutely fascinating holiday destination to visit, what with her world class safari pursuits, luxurious sun kissed Indian Ocean fringed resorts and the splendour of the capital Nairobi.
That said, travellers embarking on tailor-made Kenya holidays need to ensure they’ve done their homework in respect of seeking medical advice, taking necessary vaccinations and packing all the suitable equipment they’ll need prior to touching down in East Africa.
For Westerners and potential first time travellers, Kenya isn’t the most straightforward destination to visit and potential problems are easily avoided by being suitably prepared before departing the UK.
We like to think of it as your little Kenya survivor guide and this is best broken down into three distinct areas.
Like any destination worldwide, the health risk will depend on the individual and this is why it is generally advised for travellers to seek the insight of their general practitioner around 4 to 8 weeks before travelling to Kenya.
The NHS are your best port of call and the organisation boast a wealth of useful resources online but to put travellers in the picture, cholera, malaria, Hepatitis A and B and Tetanus represent just some of diseases that can occur in Kenya.
It is within travellers’ best interests to take their own precautionary measures, particularly surrounding the intake of food and water. Cholera, for example, is spread through contaminated water so ensuring that only bottled and boiled water is drunk represents a quick win.
A range of vaccinations exist for those travelling to Kenya and again, depending on factors surrounding the individual such as age, risk of exposure and medical conditions, many of these should be prescribed a certain length of time before arriving in East Africa.
For example, Yellow Fever describes the disease contracted by humans who are bitten by an infected female mosquito with chills, fever and loss of appetite representing common symptoms.
The popular Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru National Park areas, Tsavo East and West reserves, not to mention Nairobi and Mombasa represent some of the specific locations whereby a Yellow Fever vaccine would be recommended.
The vaccine can be given to any individual older than nine-months-old but it’s worth noting that risk of contraction is far greater in the rural reserve areas and less so in Nairobi and Mombasa so those categorised with a severe risk of Yellow Fever should seek greater protection.
Aside from health concerns, travellers should also make sure that they’ve taken all necessary accessories with them so they can enjoy Kenyan safari pursuits to their fullest.
Of course, technological considerations encompassing photographic regulation will vary from park to park but generally speaking, handy safari accessories often include binoculars, a flashlight, a camera (with extra batteries), a sleeping bag, travel pillow and a money belt.
This is not to mention plug adaptors, a lighter, an alarm clock, combination locks, mosquito netting, sunblock, insect repellent and a rambling stick.
This may sound like a lot in one article, but travellers will soon find that it’s all worth it once they’re acclimatising to their temporary East African home.
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