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yellowfever vaccination for Kenya?

Inverness-shire
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yellowfever vaccination for Kenya?

My husband and I are going to kenya in october for 18 days. We've never needed or been recommended a yellow fever vaccination before. The nurse however recommended we have one this time. I have one from 2011 but my husband can't have one. We haven't really worried about it but I did see in a government advice that it is recommended to have one for the areas were going to, which are Nairobi, Masai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo East/West. Much appriciated if anyone has any input on this.

Washington DC...
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1. Re: yellowfever vaccination for Kenya?

There were a couple of imported (workers in Angola) cases of YF in Kenya in March but prior to that there weren't any in ~20 years. If your husband is over 60 the risk of adverse effects may well be higher than the risk of contracting YF. If coming directly from Europe you don't need the YF jab to enter Kenya. Your 2011 shot is good for life in any case. Perhaps speak with a travel medicine specialist to get a good idea as to your husband's risk.

Mtwapa, Kenya
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2. Re: yellowfever vaccination for Kenya?

Prior to 2011 the government advice used to recommend Yellow Fever vaccination for ALL of Kenya, it was changed to exclude certain areas in 2011, it now reads

"There is a low potential for exposure to yellow fever in the North Eastern province, the states of Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Malindi, and Tanariver in Coastal province, and the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa.

Vaccination is now not normally recommended if you are only visiting these areas."

This is copied from the FAQ on Yellow Fever top right of this page, I won't duplicate any more of what it says here but suggest you have a read, there is a lot of info in it.

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3. Re: yellowfever vaccination for Kenya?

Well, my husband can't have the vaccination as he is on immune system lowering medication. We've been going to kenya since 2007 and to Tanzania once, hence I had the yellow fever vaccination. What I was wondering is whether the risk of contracting yellow fever in the areas we're going to, is greater now than it has been the other times we've been to kenya. He'll obviously try to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes by covering up, using "skin so soft" and even some deet from dusk till dawn, but it would be nice to know if the risk has increased since 2014 when we were there last. Can't really get an answer to that from the government website, only mentioning 3 cases, and they seem to have been people coming from Angola.

Mtwapa, Kenya
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4. Re: yellowfever vaccination for Kenya?

As I said read the FAQ, other wise I'll end up just restating everything it says here.

You'll see it says there has only ever been one outbreak of yellow Fever in Kenya and that was in the early 1990s, following mass vaccination the last case was reported around 1995. So there is virtually no risk of contracting the disease, there wasn't last time you were here and the risk is no higher now, if anything it may be less, as the WHO has recognised with the reduced reconmendation, and they are supposed to be working on the evidence that would remove Kenya from the 'at risk' list of countries completely.

PS 'skin so soft' does not have any real repellent qualities, it's an urban myth. There is no scientific basis for it. There are plenty of good natural repellants, see the FAQ about repellents for more info

Edited: 14 September 2016, 09:25
Inverness-shire
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5. Re: yellowfever vaccination for Kenya?

Thank you for getting back with the info and sorry that I didn't read your first post properly, thought (for some reason?) you asked me to read the government travel advice info, which I had already done and it basically says that the areas we're going to are areas of risk. However, reading the FAQ section, as you suggested, together with your comments above, we are not going to worry about it. Also good you mentioned about the citronella now being removed from SSS in Europe, as it made me read another post on FAQ re. insect repellant and I see you can get an Avon bug guard with picaridin, which it says is as effective as deet but without the nasty aspects. Many thank's!

Edmonton, Canada
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6. Re: yellowfever vaccination for Kenya?

I don't know if this matters, but I was just in Kenya and when I first arrived from Canada they did not ask to see a yellow fever vaccination card but when I flew back into Kenya from Tanzania, they did ask to see the card. This was on August 31.

Edited: 14 September 2016, 15:44
Mtwapa, Kenya
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7. Re: yellowfever vaccination for Kenya?

DJCat1,

You do not need the Yellow Fever vaccination and certificate if you enter Kenya from the UK, Europe or North America. You will not be asked for the certificate if you go directly to Kenya from the UK, Europe or North America and you will never be asked for the certificate on your return trip to these locations.

You will need the certificate if you travel from Kenya to other countries in the Yellow Fever belt such as other sub-Saharan African countries, for example Tanzania, and if you return to Kenya after visiting them.

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8. Re: yellowfever vaccination for Kenya?

Interesting when you consider that Tanzania is no longer listed as a country with a risk of YF transmission. Even South Africa, which at one time even requested the YF cert from those just transiting an airport in an at risk country, no longer requires the card when arriving from Tanzania.

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