We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

Bracknell, Berkshire
Level Contributor
276 posts
19 reviews
Save Topic
Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

Hi, Advice please,..... Is it necessary to have injections for Malaria (or anything else) or can we just take tablets before going to Diani Beach. we do not intend going on Safari, so what are are the risks? 9 weeks to go!

regards

Trevor

Mtwapa, Kenya
Destination Expert
for Barcelona, Newcastle upon Tyne, Bamburi, Mtwapa
Level Contributor
15,866 posts
55 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

Hi,

You don't need any injections, though it is recommended that you are up to date with those that are normal for adults in the UK. Other than that you will need anti-malarial tablets. there are several options but which is best for you depends on your medical history. Discuss with your GP or Travel Nurse (you will have to see them anyway as you need a private prescription for the tablets)

They may recommend that you have a yellow fever vaccination, but it is only recommended it is not essential and there has been no case reported in Kenya since 1996

leics
Level Contributor
425 posts
Save Reply
2. Re: Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

Of course, it may be that almost noboby has had yellow fever because nearly everybody has had the innoculation. It's about £50 and lasts ten years - no more holiday worries for quite a while.

That said we spent two weeks in Diani in October, went on safari to Tsavo and the Shimba rain forest; and how many times did we get bitten? None! How many mosquitos did I see? None!!! Though the guide at Shimba identified an insect that landed on my leg as a Tsetse fly (he was too quick for it to get a bite at me).

Your call - I'd say better to play safe, but overall it'll add £100-120 to your holiday.

Hollingworth, UK
2 posts
Save Reply
3. Re: Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

I was wondering the same - about the Mozzie's.

We've had our Yellow Fever - you need t carry your certificate apparently? We've had our Hep, Tetnus and something else (Diptheria I think?).

Obviously we'll get our Malaria tablets - but I was wondering about the likelohood of seeing the damned things. We'd still take our tablets - but whether we got Malaria or not - I'd rather not get bitten anyway...! We'll be loaded up with tiger lights, deet and anything else we can find....

Mtwapa, Kenya
Destination Expert
for Barcelona, Newcastle upon Tyne, Bamburi, Mtwapa
Level Contributor
15,866 posts
55 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

Hi,

it is advisable to carry your certficate with your passport otherwise you might find you haven't got it when you need it, however, if you are just coming to Kenya from the UK and going straight back to the UK you will not need it. You will need it if you visit any other African countries while you are here.

Just to pick up the previous posters point only a tiny percentage of people living here have had the yellow fever vaccination. There just has not been an outbreak of the disease since 1996. But you are quite right it is a personal decision. I personally had it because I was in my 50s and their is a risk with older people getting the vaccination so I decided to have it whilst it still would not be a problem as I intend to visit other African countries in the future. It lasts for 10 years and there is little risk with the booster

Bracknell, Berkshire
Level Contributor
276 posts
19 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

Thanks for the replies so far, but what I would like to know is.... when you enter Kenya at Mombasa, do the immigration ask if you have a Yellow Fever certificate, .....I have spoken with Thomson and they say the jabs are recommended, but not compusary,

I am 69 years old and take a cocktail of different pills, and I am concerned about getting a reaction to the injections.

regards

Trevor

edinburgh
Level Contributor
1,601 posts
269 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

We had the yellow fever injection in 1996 but have not have had it since. The customs do not ask for a certificate.

Kind regards Malaika

We do have tetanus, polio, typhoid. and some of the malaria tablets disagree with myself therefore it is better to ask your doctor which type ypu should take as he is the one that knows your medical history.

I had to go back to the PAULUDRINE which you have to take daily which is a pain and Avloclon which two are taken each week.

Kind regards Malaika

Edited: 9:02 am, January 24, 2010
Hythe, United...
Destination Expert
for Kenya
Level Contributor
2,396 posts
124 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

As I understand it the strain of malaria found in Kenya has a resistance to chloroquine and this would make Paludrine and Avloclor ineffective as a prevention for malaria. I would check again with your GP before your next trip just to make certain they are prescribing you the correct anti maliral tablets .

Bracknell, Berkshire
Level Contributor
276 posts
19 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

Sorry Guys!! I've decided against going to Southern Palms, just too much hassle and added expensive. we have cancelled our holiday and rebooked to the Caribbean....thanks for all your help, with my questions.

best regards

Trevor

edinburgh
Level Contributor
1,601 posts
269 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

HI Bruce. I will check with my doctor again but he always says to stick to the ones that don't upset me. However haven't been bittten yet - there is always a first though!!! We haven't been bothered by mossies on the coast possibly because we tend to sit on the beach and there is always a breeze - perhaps the time of year we go as well, but I know some people are bothered at the hotel where their rooms are surrrounded by bushes and flowers. Also on safari, the occasional flies bother us if waiting to see game but when travellling in the van there are none and I bought a safari hat here at the Royal Highland Show which happens every year in June and there is a shopping mall with a shop selling safari gear and I got a safari hat that repels the darn things with a repellen on it apparantly - it works anyway but I will be checking with my doctor soon. Thanks for the advice.

Kind Regards Malaika

Nairobi, Kenya
Level Contributor
3,755 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Is it necessary to have any injections or just tablets?

"We haven't been bothered by mossies on the coast"

It's also worth remembering that not everybody reacts to insect bites. A lot of health specialists say, "Everyone gets bitten, but not everyone reacts." My OH gets bitten frequently - I've seen it happening - but doesn't get so much as a pin-pr*ck (apparently "pr*ck is a profanity, even in this context). Me, I look like I've been shot!

Get answers to your questions about Diani Beach