Considered by many to be the ultimate adventure destination, Africa is a continent abounding in history, wonder, and plentiful wildlife.
Whether you are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, standing awestruck by Victoria Falls, or embarking on a safari across the Serengeti, escapades are boundless in this part of the world. Depending on your preference, travellers can also indulge in more laidback activities like wine tasting in South Africa and relaxing on the beaches of Seychelles. With endless options available, Africa is a destination waiting to be explored.
There are various factors to consider when planning your dream vacation to Africa, with one of the most important being health. Leading up to your trip, it is recommended to schedule a personalized consultation with a TravelSafe Registered Nurse or doctor to review your itinerary and vaccination history. Our practitioners will ensure you are up to date on immunizations prior to departure and educate you on preventative measures for any health risks associated with your specific destination. We recommend you arrange a consultation 4-6 weeks in advance of your departure date. If you are travelling to more than one country in the continent of Africa, you may need proof of receiving a yellow fever vaccine for border entry requirements. We will review this at your consultation.
What vaccines are needed for Africa?
The following vaccines are generally recommended for travel to Africa. Recommendations may vary depending on your destination, length of travel, planned activities, previous vaccine history, and health history:
Routine vaccines are also recommended for all destinations in Africa. Boosters may be recommended depending on your vaccine history, age, health history, and destination. These routine vaccines include:
To learn more about vaccine preventable diseases have a look at the following link.
Are there other risks?
Depending on your destination and itinerary there may be otherhealth risks in Africa. These risks can include malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya fever, zika, acute mountain sickness (AMS), schistosomiasis, and traveller’s diarrhea to name a few. Prescription medications are available for malaria prevention, AMS prevention, and to treat traveller’s diarrhea.