Get a full list of the vaccines you need for Kenya, and learn about the risk of diseases and the best ways to protect yourself while away.

Vaccinations for
Kenya

Have you decided to visit Kenya and are now preparing your trip? We have prepared important information about vaccinations for Kenya to help you stay safe while abroad.


01.Vaccine list

Below is a list of vaccinations for Kenya based on official recommendations. This list states important information and should be considered during your preparation.

You may not need all the following injections for Kenya. To create a personal assessment of your needed travel vaccines for Kenya, book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses. They will guide you based on the information you provide regarding the regions you will be visiting and your medical background.

Most travellers

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival

Typhoid

2 weeks before arrival

Some travellers

Hepatitis B

4 weeks before arrival*

Meningitis

10 days before arrival

Cholera

2 weeks before arrival

Yellow fever

10 days before arrival

Rabies

3 weeks before arrival*

02.Other health risks in Kenya

Your jabs for Kenya are an important factor in keeping you safe abroad. However, there are other serious health risks to know about that do not have preventative vaccinations. You can read more about them below.

Malaria

There is a high risk of malaria transmission in Kenya. For example, if you plan on going on safari or spending your holiday in Mombasa and beach resorts along the coast, it is highly recommended you take antimalarials.

Apart from the above-mentioned, a high risk can also be present in the valleys of the highlands. Moreover, although the risk is low in Nairobi, it is still present, as well as in the immediate surrounding areas and the zones above 2500 metres of Central, Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western Provinces.

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Dengue

Cases of dengue have been confirmed in Mombasa county and remain present in areas below 2300 metres. The risk is present throughout the year with a peak transmission during the rainy season which takes place from April to October.

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03.Precautions for Kenya

It is important to take precautions during your stay in Kenya, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.

Mosquitoes

There is a risk of malaria and dengue fever in Kenya, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.

Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites as this is the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.

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Food and water

All travellers going to Kenya should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid, polio, cholera and hepatitis A, which are all transmitted through contaminated food and water.

If you are visiting friends or relatives in Kenya or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.

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04.Useful contacts in Kenya

The following contacts may be useful while in Kenya.

The British High Commission Nairobi The British High Commission Nairobi can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help. You can call them on +254 (0) 20 287 3000 or +254 (0) 20 2844 000.

Local emergency medical services For emergencies requiring medical assistance, dial +254 999 which will connect you to the ambulance. Although most emergency hotlines are based in Nairobi, correspondents at the number will lead you to the best solution to get quick help.

Medical facilities and practitioners If you get ill while you are in Kenya, here is a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Kenya, prepared by the British High Commission Nairobi.

05.Checklist for your trip to Kenya

  • Check if you need vaccinations Contact our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel for advice on vaccinations for Kenya

  • Yellow fever certificate Check the yellow fever certificate requirements upon entry in Kenya, as they are subject to change

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in Kenya and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave

  • Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Kenya, including DEET insect repellent

  • Note useful contact numbers Note useful contacts with you in case of an emergency while in Kenya

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019

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