It is recommended that most travellers get the combined booster vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and polio, as well as typhoid and hepatitis A vaccines before going to Kenya. For some travellers, rabies, hepatitis B, yellow fever, meningitis or cholera may also be recommended.
Below is a list of vaccinations for Kenya based on official recommendations. This list states important information and should be considered during your preparation.
Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a free telephone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated
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
If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.
If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
20 June 2019
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