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Any traveler affected by a chronic illness should carry the necessary medication for the entire duration of the trip. All medications, especially those requiring a prescription, should be carried in hand luggage in their original containers with visible labels. As a precaution against loss or theft, it is advisable to carry medication in duplicate in checked baggage. The traveler should carry with him/her the name and contact details of his/her physician along with other travel documents, and information on his/her medical condition and treatment, as well as details of the medication (including generic names of medications) and prescribed dosages. This information should also be kept in electronic format so that it can be retrieved remotely (e.g. in a secure database). It is also necessary to carry a physician’s report, certifying the need for medication or other medical supplies (e.g. syringes) carried by the passenger, which may be requested by customs officials and/or security personnel.
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In the case of adults traveling to South Africa from a yellow fever endemic area, such as: Argentinians, Brazilians, Colombians, Paraguayans and Venezuelans among others, will be required to present the international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever upon entering the country. The same applies to passengers with passports of other nationalities but residing in these countries. For more information visit the Consular Section.
All persons arriving in South Africa from a Yellow Fever endemic area (including transit passengers) must present the International Certificate of Vaccination or an exemption certificate. It is recommended that the required vaccinations be administered four to six weeks prior to travel to South Africa (a yellow fever vaccination certificate is valid only 10 days after vaccination and has lifetime coverage).
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It is also important to find out about the health coverage of the country of destination and our medical insurance. It is also important to seek advice on what food to eat or what hygiene measures to take.
Africa is a continent with a wide diversity of fauna, landscapes, traditions and customs. The contrasts from rural areas to urban areas are remarkable, you can go from a place full of vegetation to large deserts. Special care should be taken with the origin of food and drink.
The recommended vaccinations are those that are recommended because of the probability of contracting the disease in the country of destination. Africa, with its diversity of countries, recommends vaccination against poliomyelitis, yellow fever (for those older than 9 months), tetanus-diphtheria, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, cholera or meningococcal meningitis (in some countries such as Libya).
The information provided by this medium can in no way replace a direct medical care service, nor should it be used for the purpose of making a diagnosis, or choosing a treatment in particular cases.
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Traveling is wonderful but sometimes you have to take a series of precautions before doing it. To travel to any country in the African continent, a previous vaccination is usually necessary, besides taking into account other factors such as contaminated water or the high presence of other diseases such as AIDS.
1. Kenya: Yellow Fever is a compulsory vaccine, while Hepatitis A, Tetanus-diphtheria, Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, and Triple Viral are generally recommended. Depending on the situation, there would also be Cholera, Typhoid Fever, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Poliomyelitis, Influenza, Pneumococcal, Meningococcal. In addition, the risk of contracting malaria is high, so it is recommended to take a preventive treatment a few days before traveling and upon return. All this, always consulting with your doctor.
Tanzania: as in the previous case, the Yellow Fever vaccine is mandatory, being recommended others such as Typhoid Fever, Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus-diphtheria, Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, Triple Viral. In special cases: Cholera, Rabies, Influenza, Pneumococcal and Poliomyelitis. Malaria is also high in the country.