Tanzania Travel Vaccination
While planning your travel to Tanzania, you need to take certain precautions. It is strongly recommended that you visit a health physician 4 – 6 weeks in advance to take certain vaccine for prevention of certain diseases. These vaccinations will help your body to build immunization against certain diseases like malaria, which are commonplace in Tanzania. Some of the vaccinations that your doctor may recommend before your travel to Tanzania are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Polio, Rabies, MMR, Tetanus and Diphtheria and Malaria.
Polio is a one time booster recommended even to those adult travelers who have completed the polio vaccination series in their childhood. There is a high risk of animal bites during your visit to the national parks. Therefore it is necessary that you take a rabies injection to prevent any such risk. MMR or Measles, Mumps, Rubella is also a mandatory vaccination for all travelers born after 1956. Tetanus and Diphtheria are recommended every 10 years. Weekly dosage of anti malarial drug may be prescribed before and during travel.
Apart from this list, ask your doctor to prescribe you some over-the-counter drugs for diarrhea, which you can carry during your travel to Tanzania. You should start taking these medicines promptly if you get more than 3 to 4 loose stools in a day. It is generally recommended that pregnant women should avoid travel to Tanzania due to the high risk of yellow fever and malaria. All travelers traveling with children should ensure that the children have been given the complete dosages of all childhood immunization.
The vaccinations mentioned above are some of the common ones for preventable diseases. Even if your trip has been planned suddenly, it is strongly recommended that you visit your doctor immediately so that there is enough incubation period for the injected medicines to work.
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