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Whether your visit is short or long-term, you need to get some essential vaccines to produce immunity against diseases you may come into contact with.
Vaccination is the act of getting a vaccine which is a combination of small amounts of weak and dead germs of particular diseases.
Vaccines play a vital role by preparing your body to fight against the diseases faster and effectively so that you do not fall sick.
You need to get these shots before going on your trip.
Recommended Travel Vaccines for Kenya
• Hepatitis A
Hepatitis is a highly contagious liver infection that is caused by the hepatitis A virus which is transmitted by eating or drinking something exposed to the stool of someone with the virus.
General signs and symptoms of this infection include; jaundice, pain in your tummy, loss of appetite, fever, diarrhea, and fatigue.
Malaria is quite common in Kenya.
Use of mosquito nets while in Western Kenya, and the Coastal areas is a must.
If you plan to visit these areas in Kenya, speak to your doctor about prevention before traveling.
You will get oral medication that you need to take before, during and after your trip to prevent Malaria.
Cholera is an infectious disease that causes diarrhea and can lead to dehydration and death.
It is caused by eating food and taking water that is contaminated by the cholera bacteria.
Cholera causing bacteria is found in food or water that is contaminated by feces from an infected person.
Most common sources of this infection might be water supplies, food, and drinks sold on the streets or vegetables grown with contaminated or raw fish and vegetables. The signs of cholera include diarrhea, rapid heart rate, loss of skin elasticity, low blood pressure, muscle cramps, and stomach ache.
Typhoid is an acute fever caused by bacteria through close contact with food and water.
Symptoms include; high fever, headaches, stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea -in worst cases diarrhea can cause dehydration.
This disease is treatable through IV fluids, antibiotics, and oral hydration therapy.
Meningitis causes the inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord which triggers symptoms like headaches, fever, and a stiff neck. Meningitis is treatable, but it depends on the stage it is at because in worst causes fatalities have been reported.
Getting this vaccine is not a must but will not harm.
Center for Disease Control
There is more you can learn about vaccines from the CDC website.
Your health is essential therefore take care of it.
Vaccination, before you embark on any journey, is critical. Most of the areas you will be visiting might pose a risk to your health, and it’s better for you to be prepared.
Speak to your doctor before you travel.
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