Many people won’t travel for fear of contracting diseases like malaria or dengue fever. Well, fear isn’t a reason to miss a chance to travel—you just need to plan ahead.
Hepatitis A can be spread by contaminated food or water, so that’s one vaccination that you want to get before your travel.
The second is tetanus. You only need a tetanus shot once every 10 years, but be certain that you’re up-to-date before you fly.
To plan ahead, get a copy of the Yellow Book from the CDC—it costs about $30 and breaks down where diseases are prevalent and what vaccines you should get.
But, here’s a personal tip: I disagree with the CDC’s advice on taking the drug Larium to prevent malaria.
I’ve seen people airlifted out of Nairobi from the side effects.
Instead, infectious disease specialists are recommending a new drug called Malarone, which they claim has fewer side effects.
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