Elephants in a group in Kenya Man with a spear and shield in Kenya

Travel Vaccinations for Kenya

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Kenya

A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.

Hepatitis A - Adult
From £93
Yellow Fever + Certificate
From £83
Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Cholera (oral)
From £40
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50
Typhoid
From £60
Meningitis ACWY + Certificate
From £70
Rabies
From £75
There is a risk of Malaria in Kenya. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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Destination Information for Kenya

Situated in East Africa, Kenya has a diverse ethnic population and an abundance of culture; making it an excellent destination for tourists and travellers! From beautiful beaches, busy city life and stunning remote areas, there are plenty of places to visit and things to see in Kenya. Between June and September can be a specifically great time to visit, as this is when the annual animal migration happens.

Each year, the thousands of migrating zebras and gazelles are one of the main reasons Kenya attracts so many tourists. You can enjoy a hot air balloon ride or a drive across the plains and the beautiful Masai Mara National Reserve to watch these animals wander. Not only can you enjoy the reserve and animals, but you can explore the Maasai Villages; learning about the culture of the Maasai people, too! This magnificent African country also hosts fantastic game reserves and museums to enjoy, including Mombassa, which is full of history, as well as still being an active, thriving port town. Wherever you choose to visit, you can be sure to have a fun-filled trip to Kenya.

Whilst a beautiful, popular travel destination, there is a risk of yellow fever transmission in parts of Kenya with certificate requirements.

All visitors to Kenya need to be vaccine protected from hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Polio so make sure you are prepared before you start your journey. Depending on which areas you plan to visit and the activities you intend to do, additional vaccines may be required. Kenya is high-risk for Rabies, hepatitis B. Meningitis and in parts of the country Cholera. Book a consultation at a travel clinic 6-8 weeks before you set off to get the best vaccine and non-vaccine advice.

Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

Rift Valley fever

Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an acute, fever-causing viral disease that usually affects domesticated animals (such as cattle and sheep), but can also infect and cause illness in humans. The majority of human infections are caused by direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is primarily spread to humans either by infected ticks or animal blood. Human-to-human transmission can also occur resulting from close contact with the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of an infected person.

West Nile virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

African tick bite fever

Bacterial infection from bite from infected ticks. Most common between April-November and in rural, camping and hiking areas. Causes redness around site of bite and symptoms usually within 2 weeks, such as fever, muscle pain, headache and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Leishmaniasis

A parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (the most common): Causes skin lesions, mainly ulcers on exposed parts of the body, causing scars and serious disability. 90% of cases are in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis (the most dangerous): Causes enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and irregular bouts of fever. Highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucotaneous (the least common): Causes partial or total destruction of the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat. Most cases are found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis, also called bilharzia, is an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in fresh water in subtropical and tropical regions. Avoid swimming in fresh water rivers, streams and lakes if you can. You often don't have any symptoms at first, but after a few weeks may develop a rash, high temperature, cough, diarrhoea and joint pain. Schistosomiasis can usually be treated successfully with a short course of a medication that kills the worms.

Trypanosomiasis

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which is only found in rural Africa. Initial symptoms include severe headache, insomnia, enlarged lymph nodes, anaemia and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Additional Health Risks Information for Kenya

Kenya is a popular tourist destination due to the stunning safari locations and wildlife opportunities. Tourists are advised to avoid all travel to areas close to the border with Somalia. However, national parks and reserves set within these regions are not part of the restrictions – it’s always best to check travel advice for your proposed destination before visiting.

If you’re planning a trip to Kenya whether for business or pleasure, try to travel as part of an organised group or tour. Your guide will be aware of current security concerns and best practice to ensure your safety.

Some parts of Kenya are high risk for malaria and Yellow fever. Due to this, it is advisable to visit a travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines, medications and advice before you travel.

Cholera is another risk to be aware of in Kenya – drink only bottled water and be meticulous about food preparation and hygiene. Take sensible precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos as Dengue fever is present, wear clothing to cover your arms and legs, use 50% DEET insect repellent and nets, especially if you are sleeping in tents or huts.

As Kenya is a predominantly Muslim country, if you are travelling away from main tourist areas, remember to respect the religion and dress conservatively. Most cities in Kenya have a reputation for high crime levels, so avoid walking alone at night, and be vigilant about your security at all times. It’s also a good idea to Carry ID with you at all times.

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