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Recommended Vaccinations for Ngorongoro

Recommended Vaccinations requirements for countries in Africa can be really confusing. Tanzania is no exception. Tanzania is a safe country to travel to especially when it comes to some of the most dangerous diseases. Here we discuss what you need to know about the vaccination requirements in Ngorongoro and Tanzania in general.

COVID-19

This is no longer mandatory but for your own safety, its recommended that you have it.

MALARIA

For most travelers coming to Africa, the biggest worry is malaria. Malaria is one of the biggest killer diseases of the locals in the Ngorongoro area. The Ngorongoro area has a big forest cover and a lot of water collection areas and this is a big traction for mosquitoes as they breed in such area. The area is home to the world’s largest Crater Lake that was formed about 2.5 million years ago. The area also has another lake on the rims of the crater. Lake Magadi is a small alkaline lake and it has stagnant water which is another breeding area for mosquitoes in the area. There are also several other lakes in the area. The Ngorongoro conservation area is on the UNESCO world heritage site and is also among the seven wonders of Africa.

Like most parks in Tanzania and the rest of the parks elsewhere is Africa, there is a risk of catching Malaria. The parks are always bushy and have stagnant water. This however doesn’t mean that you will not visit this national park. You just have to take all the necessary precautions to make sure you control the risk of catching Malaria. You are advised to have a mosquito repellant all the time to make sure you are not bitten by mosquitoes. While at the lodge, make sure you sleep under a treated mosquito net.

You can take some anti malarials to boost your immunity again Malaria but this should be under supervision from a medical personnel. If you feel any signs of Malaria. Make sure you inform your guide and visit the hospital early before the symptoms become worse. The reason for long sleeved clothes is also to protect you from mosquitoes and other insect bites. Malaria is also most common in the wet

DENGUE FEVER

There have no been any reports of this disease in the Ngorongoro area but the disease has been reported in Zanzibar which is an area of greater Tanzania.

TSETSE DISEASE

The tsetse flies are responsible for causing sleeping sickness. There have been control measure to catch the tsetse flies in the park of Tanzania. There are no known vaccines for this disease. You can just protect yourself by using insect repellants.

YELLOW FEVER

This vaccination of Yellow fever is administered as a single dose and it’s always advised to have it 10 days before entering a high risk country. The single dose is believed to offer life against the virus for about 10 years and you should make sure you receive proof of vaccination from your doctor. You will be required to present proof of vaccination at a point of entry into Tanzania.

Tanzania yellow fever requirements

For those from high risk countries, you will be required to have a yellow fever vaccination card on arrival to any entry point of Tanzania. This list currently does not include any country in Europe and the United States.

It is important to note that if you are going through a country with a high risk yellow fever infections, even when you are coming from a low risk country, you will be required to have a certificate of vaccination especially if you have a period of more than 12 hours in that country. Therefore as you choose your flights and travel itinerary, always be mindful of this. Always seek an opinion of a health worker to advise you on other vaccination requirements that you may need even when they are not mandatory.


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