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Travel Vaccinations for Namibia
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Namibia
Namibia based in Southern Africa, has some amazing sights to see such as both the Kalahari and Namib deserts, the Etosha national Pak and the Fish River Canyon National Park. It is also home to the Kalahari bushmen and some of the worlds best quality diamonds. Although English is the national language, Namibia is home to nine languages and plenty of African Wildlife.
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.
Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.
Risk of Malaria in Namibia
Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.
Malaria precautions are strongly advised for travel to Namibia. This is considered a malarial risk country.
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
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Further Travel Health Advice for Namibia
Dengue fever precautions should be taken for travel to Mozambique. Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bites from a specific mosquito, which seems to be most active during daylight. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do is try to avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent. Our travel nurse will be best able to advise you.
Schistomiasis is a flatworm infection. You can get it through contact with affected fresh water streams, rivers or lakes. If you think you may have been exposed to or have contacted Schistomiasis, seek professional medical help.
Altitude sickness may be a problem in Namibia depending on where in the country you are travelling. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, its not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered. Our travel nurse will be able to talk these through with you.
Both rainy seasons in Namibia happen in the summer. Namibia also experiences long periods of sunshine so please check the weather for the period you are travelling as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions
Tap water is considered safe to drink here unless it has been labelled otherwise. If you have a particularly sensitive tummy though consider bottled water and always check the water source if on a campsite as that may not be safe.
You can pretty much get any cuisine in the big cities in Namibia. However, due to the high level of imported food(there are large deserts here remember) food can be a little expensive.
Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites, including Malaria which is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, headache and severe joint, bone and muscular pain. Advice for malaria is listed above.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while abroad
There are lots of vast open spaces to drive through here – just make sure you have a lot of petrol so you don’t get caught short. As with all parts of the world, please be aware of your surroundings, especially at bank machines and in all that you do always put your own safety first.