Do I need to take medical care before going to Africa?

Please consult your doctor or health travel advisory service to get up to date advice on vaccination and malaria prophylaxis. You should travel with your own personal First Aid Kit including any over-the-counter or prescription medications that you regularly use or may need.

Yellow fever , a viral disease that occurs primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America , is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The virus is also present in Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travelers to endemic areas and may be required to cross certain international borders. Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10 year intervals if there is on-going risk.

Malaria is endemic but preventable, it is advisable to take precaution medication for malaria and hepatitis. Use insect repellent, cover up at sundown, sleep under a mosquito net and take anti-malarial prophylactics as advised by your doctor.