Health, Insurance and Vaccination
Vaccinations and Health On a Uganda Safari
Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad. Vaccination against Yellow Fever is necessary for this trip, and you must bring a valid certificate of vaccination.
Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever.
There has always been yellow fever outbreak in the neighboring countries like chad Congo and Cameroon. It is therefore a perquisite for anyone travelling in and out for the country to preset a yellow fever vaccination certificate at any entry point of the borders of Uganda.
World Health Organisation (WHO) describes Yellow fever as an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The “yellow” in the name refers to the jaundice that affects some patients. Uganda is also listed as a high risk country. In Uganda vaccination is offered at KCCA clinics, Case Hospital and the Surgery in Naguru.
Signs and symptoms; fever, muscle pain with prominent backache, headache, shivers, loss of appetite, and nausea or vomiting.
Malaria prophylaxis is essential on this trip, and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.
Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers visited in Uganda, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.
Dengue fever and are known risks in Uganda . Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes.
There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐ date information.
Insurance ‐ are you adequately covered? You must have adequate travel insurance, and if you are joining a trip which goes to high altitude, you must check that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the safari.