Health Medical Preparation
In preparing for your trip to East Africa it is advisable that you meet with your doctor between four to six weeks before you travel so that you can get the proper vaccinations and begin your anti-malaria tablets.
Basic Vaccinations: Advised if you are not up to date on measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, and whopping cough vaccinations. Heptitas A can be transmitted through food and water. We recommend travelers get vaccinated if they have failed to do so already. Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and bodily fluids. Although it is rare that tourists will come into contact with these fluids we still advice clients to take precautions by getting vaccinated. Typhoid exposure may occur through food or water. We advise clients to get vaccinated if they are planning on visiting rural areas or volunteering in smaller villages.Yellow fever is the only vaccination that is required for both Uganda and Rwanda, and should be given ten days before arrival. Some form of proof of the vaccination may be needed when you travel, which can be given by a doctor.
Meningococcal (meningitis) is strongly recommended when traveling in East Africa. Rabies are transmitted through animals, we recommend that clients who are participating in one of our adventure based trips that spend a lot of time out-side or in the rural areas get vaccinated.
Ten Ways to keep your Health and Well being while in Africa
1. Wash your hands! Especially after playing with children and before meals.
2. Do not drink water directly from the tap
3. Take preventative measures to avoid bug bites by wearing long sleeves, using insect repellent, and taking malaria tablets
4. Do not eat from local restaurants or from street vendors
5. Keep Hydrated, drink lots of bottled water
6. Use sunscreen whenever you go outside and make sure to wear protective clothing
7. Avoid going near animals, especially street dogs and birds
8. Do not engage in any risky behavior, such as sharing needles, engaging in unprotected sex, etc.
9. Clean wounds immediately and keep covered
10. Do not go in fresh bodies of water unless they are free from Schistomisis
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