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Vaccines When Travelling to Kenya

With the advent of worldwide communications, the world seems to be getting smaller and smaller. We regularly see on our newsfeeds images from all over the world. Sadly, many of these are heart-wrenching images of starving children. Or you might see natural disasters that have taken an enormous toll on human life. People wracked by diseases that have been virtually wiped out in more developed countries is often in the news. The need for humanitarian aid is almost overwhelming. As a result, many people feel called to offer this humanitarian aid when and where they can. Most often, people volunteer locally at soup kitchens and shelters, but others desire to go where the needs are most significant, to countries that are in desperate need of help. If that is Kenya, it is recommended to be informed about vaccines when travelling to Kenya.

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The call of humanitarian travel

One of the countries in the greatest need is Kenya. Most of Kenya’s population live in remote areas in the most extreme poverty. Many people who see this need are gripped by a keen desire to help. They want to offer aid from their abundant resources and blessings. Every year more and more people are visiting Kenya, with large numbers coming from the US and the United Kingdom. In 2018 travel to Kenya grew by over 15% from these two countries alone. Not all of these visitors are interested in a safari to the remote savanna. Many of these people are looking for an opportunity to help the struggling country in personal, hands-on humanitarian ways.

If you are one of those people, it is a good idea to remember to look to your health as well as those of the Kenyan people. The climate, sanitation and healthcare system in Kenya is such that you should be sure you get all the recommended vaccinations before your trip.

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Travel health and vaccinations

Whenever you travel to a foreign country, it is a good idea to make sure your vaccinations are up to date. If you are visiting a country whose climate and sanitation are significantly different from your own, it is doubly important. We recommend you check on what vaccinations for the country you plan to visit, even before you get your passport and tickets and before you pack a single suitcase. Some vaccinations require time to work, so you need to plan for them to be effective.

For those who wish to travel to offer humanitarian aid, and may be working directly with the poor and the infirm, the importance of up to date vaccinations is even more critical. You cannot offer help if you need it yourself. If you become ill, your helpfulness, as well as that of those around you will be compromised.

We recommend that you check with your local healthcare provider or travel agent about which are the proper vaccines for the area you wish to travel. That way you are less likely to get sick, and so are the people you work with.

3 Vaccines for travel to Kenya

If you plan to travel to Kenya, the CDC has a list of all the recommended vaccinations you should have before you go. First, you should be up to date on your routine vaccinations. These include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Vaccinations for Hepatitis and Typhoid is also a good idea.

Depending on where you are going, the CDC also recommends vaccines for Cholera, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningitis, Polio, Rabies, and Yellow Fever.

Please note that this is not a complete list and that Raptim is not a healthcare expert. The list is based on the main suggestions of health organizations such as the CDC and WHO. Every traveller should always consult his or her healthcare professional before choosing what vaccines they might need.

We Help You to Travel Where it is Needed Most

We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. As a global humanitarian travel organization, we devote ourselves to serving those who serve the world. You can reach our experienced staff at any given time. Please use our quick address locator to contact your nearest Raptim office should you have any questions. You can also contact our local office in Kenya.

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