Travel Vaccinations for Uganda

The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Uganda

Churchill referred to Uganda as the pearl of Africa. It is in East Africa and is a landlocked country, which is home to the most varied and concentrated range of African animal species in all of Africa. One of the few places in the world to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, Uganda also has many game reserves, national parks, mountain ranges and lakes to see.

Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) before travelling.

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

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

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

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 Uganda

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 Uganda including the cities of Kampala, Kigezi and Mbale. Travellers are advised to be risk assessed for travel to any part of Uganda.

Malaria Prevention

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 Uganda

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 Risk in Uganda

There is a risk of Yellow Fever across all of Uganda. Travellers should get advice regarding vaccination prior to travel.

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 Uganda

Dengue fever precautions should be taken for travel to Uganda. 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 and a mosquito net. Our travel nurse will be best able to advise you.

Schistomiasis is a flatworm infection that is known to occur in Uganda. 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 Uganda 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. 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.

The climate in Uganda is not as uniform as you may think so it really depends on when and where in Uganda you are travelling to on the precautions you will need to take. 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 in Uganda is called mineral water and is widely available.

Food in Uganda is varied and of good quality. There will be lots of new delicacies to sample. Each region has a specific regional dish, so ask around wherever you are based.

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

Road are of variable quality here so traveling distance is best measured in time it will take to your destination rather than actual distance. Try to avoid the North Eastern area of Uganda if you can as tourist have been attacked there. As with all travel, be aware of your surroundings and always keep your safety as your main priority.