Kenya is known for its Safaris, expansive wildlife reserves and national parks such as East and West Tsavo National Park, the Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park and Aberdares National Park. Kenya has several world heritage sites. It is a very attractive country to visit but we must take the necessary precautions when traveling because Kenya is home to several diseases.
3 Tips to Avoid Diseases in Kenya:
1- Mosquito Bites: Avoid mosquito bites by taking the necessary preventive measures. Even though Kenya has a variety of tropical diseases it is more likely a mosquito will infect you than to get any exotic disease. Malaria is a major menace in Kenya, which is why we have to watch out for mosquitos. Another mosquito-transmitted disease, that could ruin your trip is dengue. Be smart and try not to expose yourself to mosquitos.
Tips to prevent mosquito bites: -Try to sleep in screened rooms or at least have a bed net or better yet, try to sleep in air-conditioned places. -Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts. -Use insect repellent containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) as its active ingredient. DEET is known to be safe and effective, and it is currently the only repellent that effectively protects against the mosquitoes that cause malaria.
2- Immunizations: Make sure you get all the recommended vaccines before traveling to Kenya. We usually leave everything for last minute, well, don’t with vaccines. Most vaccines take up to two weeks to take effect. So take the necessary preventive planning so you get vaccinated at least a month before traveling to Kenya. Don’t forget of course to ask for an International Certificate of Vaccination. It will list all the vaccines and will be proof that you have been immunized. These are the most common recommended vaccinations:
Recommended Vaccinations for any destination by the World Health Organization: -Diphtheria -Tetanus -Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) -Polio -Hepatits B
Recommended Vaccinations for Kenya by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: -Hepatitis A & B -Meningo-coccal meningitis -Rabies -Typhoid -Yellow Fever
3- Fresh Water and Cooked Food: When traveling to Kenya we are exposed to Cholera, Hepatitis or other diseases transmitted by contaminated food or water. The best way to avoid diseases in Kenya is to drink bottled water and eat well-cooked food.
Tips to stay healthy while traveling in Kenya:
1- Wash your hands before every meal. You may find washing your hands won’t be as easy at times so always try and carry anti-bacterial gel or wipes.
2- Make sure the utensils, cups and dishes where you eat are clean, if not wipe them if necessary.
3- Eat well-cooked foods.
4- Eat Pasteurized Dairy Products. Fresh dairy products may have bacteria.
5- Peel fruits and vegetables.
6- Avoid food from street vendors or food that is served at room temperature. 7- Always drink water that is well sealed.