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Recommended vaccinations

Routine vaccination:

Vaccinations included in the vaccination schedule to be updated

Hepatitis A

1 injection two weeks before departure, booster 1 to 3 (5) years later.

Children: aged ≥1 year.

Based on your travel plans:

Yellow fever                                                                  

Vaccine only available at international vaccination centers.

NB: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers aged ≥1 year arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and all travelers who spend more than 12 hours in transit at an airport in a country where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission. 

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers unless their itineraries are limited to the following areas: the entire North Eastern province, the states of Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Malindi and Tana River in Coast province, and the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa;

However, vaccination may be considered in these areas if there is a risk of exposure to mosquito bites.

Vaccination schedule: 1 injection at least 10 days before departure

Children: from 9 months (between 6 and 9 months only in special circumstances)

Protection: lifelong

Following a decision by WHO, the 10-year booster dose is no longer required.

However, according to the Opinion of the French High Council for Public Health (HCSP), yellow fever booster vaccinations are still recommended for:

  • children who were vaccinated under the age of 2: a second dose from the age of 6 in the event of further travel to a yellow fever endemic region;
  • women whose primary vaccination was during pregnancy, people with HIV and immunodeficient patients vaccinated in the conditions outlined in the report by the French High Council for Public Health (HCSP): a second dose 10 years later;
  • people who were vaccinated against yellow fever more than 10 years ago: a second dose if an outbreak has been reported in the country visited.

Hepatitis B

For long or frequent trips
Two injections one month apart
Booster 6 months later

When protection is needed as early as possible (with almost imminent departure), an accelerated schedule of three injections within a short interval and a fourth dose 1 year later is feasible, in adults only.

Meningococcal meningitis

For long trips in close contact with local people or during outbreaks

Rabies

For long trips to isolated areas
Children: as soon as they can walk

Typhoid

For long trips or in conditions of poor hygiene
Children: aged ≥2 years

Malaria prevention

Transmission all year round throughout the country The risk of malaria is low in Nairobi and in the highlands (above 2,500m) of Central, Nyanza, Western, Eastern and Rift Valley Provinces.

Prevention:

  • Chemoprophylaxis with atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline or mefloquine for risk areas
  • Protection against mosquito bites

Travelers should immediately seek medical attention if fever occurs when traveling or in the months after their return.

Preventive treatments

Go to the Institut Pasteur Medical Center General Recommendations page.

(Source: Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin [BEH] – Health Recommendations for Travelers).

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