Health & Vaccination
Before visiting Kenya or other destinations outside Kenya, you may need to get vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination: (Note: Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.) To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking preventive medicine. Even if you have less than 4 weeks before you leave for your destination, you should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines, anti-malaria drugs and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury. While traveling we at CWT Kenya will advise you on any vaccination and Health Requirements (e.g. yellow fever certification) required before traveling to any destination.
The following are recommended vaccines:
- Routine vaccinations - If you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.
- Yellow Fever - When traveling to Kenya, all travelers arriving from countries where yellow fever is present are required to present proof of yellow fever vaccination as well as for all travelers below 9 months of age. Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10-year intervals if there is on-going risk.
- Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG) - Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis. A virus infection where exposure might occur through food or water.
- Hepatitis B - Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission, especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population or be exposed through medical treatment.
- Typhoid - Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in East Africa, especially if visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas and staying with friends or relatives where exposure might occur through food or water.
- Meningococcal (meningitis) - Recommended if you plan to visit countries that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease.
- Rabies - Recommended for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas, involved in activities such as bicycling, camping or hiking.
- Polio - Recommended for adult travelers who have received a primary series with either inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) or oral polio vaccine (OPV).