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Travel Vaccinations for Tanzania
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Tanzania
Recommended Vaccinations for Tanzania at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Cholera, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies
|Vaccination||Major Risk Factors||Course||Price|
|MMR||Person-to-Person||Course of Two||£60|
|Hepatitis A||Person-to-Person||Single Dose||£86|
|Cholera||Person-to-Person||Course of Two||£47.50|
|Hepatitis B||Person-to-Person||Course of Three||£66|
|Yellow Fever||Person-to-Person||Single Dose||£80|
|Rabies||Person-to-Person||Course of Three - intramuscular||£66|
|Rabies||Person-to-Person||Course of Three - intradermal||£66|
Tanzania is the largest of the East African countries. It is also home to the oldest human fossils. Tanzanian natural highlights include Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Tanganyika, the Great Rift Valley and part of Lake Victoria, which it shares, with some of its African neighbours. There is also of course the Mafia Island Marine Park and several other national parks to explore.
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 Tanzania
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.
There is a High Risk of Malaria across all areas of Tanzania below 1,800 meters, including Zanzibar.
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.
Yellow Fever Risk and Certification Requirements for Tanzania
About Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever is a serious viral illness spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Vaccination.
Yellow Fever Certification
There is also a Yellow Fever Certification Requirement for some travellers to Tanzania. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Certification Requirements.
Under International Health Regulations (2005), travellers who have been to an Area affected by Yellow Fever, or who have travelled via an airport of a country affected, are required to present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP).
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Further Travel Health Advice for Tanzania
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is becoming increasingly popular and some travellers may find Altitude Sickness is a problem. 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. If you are climbing/trekking into high altitude, practice safe measures. Our travel nurse will be able to advise you on the precautions you need to take.
Tanzania has two rainy seasons and a dry season. In some parts it can get quite hot and humid whereas in others, it can be cooler and drier. Please check the weather for the period you are travelling, as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions.
Tap water is not considered safe to drink so drink bottled water and always check the water that food has been washed in. Bottled water is widely available.
Food is of high quality in Tanzania and you should be able to find what you are looking for if you are in the bigger cities. Tanzania has some great coffee plantation and the South Asian influence on some of its food and Tanzanian Ugali is something worth trying.
Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites, including Malaria and Dengue Fever which is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, headache and severe joint, bone and muscular pain. Advice for these are listed above.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while abroad
The roads in Tanzania can be poor so if hiring a car, make sure its one that can travel on this terrain with ease. Also, get some driving practice in first before heading out in your new vehicle. In Tanzania please be aware of your surroundings even in tourist areas as there have been violent incidents against foreigners in the past. Also minimise your risks by not going out alone at night and only taking taxi’s with a driver you know.