Heading to Tanzania soon and wondering what types of immunizations I will need to get? Any other tips to protect myself from any illnesses?
I was in Tanzania a few months ago and have been there a few times.
If you are flying in directly from Europe (ie Amsterdam), then none are required. If you are visiting another country like Kenya (or even just stopping over in Nairobi) then you will be required to have a Yellow Fever vaccination.
The only other thing that we recommend when sending clients to Africa is to always travel with anti-malaria mediation.
Happy travels... cheers!
The CDC has the most accurate recommendations: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/tanzania A few tips: if your doctor doesn't normally administer them, you'll have to call ahead so that they can order the immunizations. Also, be sure to start soon enough before your trip because some immunizations might require more than one shot, which must be spaced out. And I don't think it's worth getting the rabies vaccine. There are mixed opinions about its effectiveness so in the unlikely event that you're bit, you'd have to be treated whether you have the vaccination or not. Have an amazing trip! Tanzania is by far one of my favorite places on earth!
yellow fever and you should travel with anti-malaria medication
I got all CDC recommended vaccines. Bring Malaria pills, and lots of mosquito repellent cream.
In almost any pharmacy in Tanzania you can buy so called WHO approved mosquito nets. They come with a treatment that kills mosquitos but does not harm you. This + DEET repellent and long shirt, pants and socks is probably the most effective way to protect yourself.
The CDC has the most comprehensive information on what you'll need to travel to Tanzania. Some other tips for staying healthy while traveling include avoiding tap water and ice, salad or the peel of fruit or veg, using a straw for soda cans, using plenty of bug repellant and making sure the places you sleep have mosquito nets (with no tiny rips).