Travel Immunizations and Meds for Africa

Travel Immunizations and Meds for Africa

Africa is a big place, so diseases vary widely over the continent. In some places the risk of disease is no worse than in the United States; other places have issues you absolutely need to prepare for. The best course of action is to visit with your doctor or a special travel doctor months before leaving. Inform them of the countries to be visited.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) keeps an updated medical file for each country and is a good resource, especially for info on travel immunizations and medications for Africa. It is common to require booster shots for existing vaccinations and for certain places malaria medication is required. Be advised that some malaria medications require advanced consumption to be effective, so it is vitally important to visit with your doctor early.

Be sure to take along any prescriptions required. It is not a bad idea to also have your doctor prescribe a medication for traveler's diarrhea. The food and water in Africa is generally fantastic (however, stomach sickness can occur anytime you travel), but having something to deal with it can make your trip much more pleasant.

As a final note: Some people don't take sleeping medication for the flight, but I have found it helpful in preventing, as well as reducing, the effects of jet lag. If you can force yourself to sleep during the 18-hour Atlantic crossing, it not only passes the time, but also puts you in a much better position once you land on the Dark Continent. If you think it will help, see a doctor for consultation.


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 7: Beginner's Luck

Host Kali Parmley takes first-time hunter Danae Hale of CZ-USA to Wyoming for a mule deer hunt. After covering all the basics with Danae, the girls head into the field and what happens next goes way beyond either of their expectations!

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 10: Snowbound Chamois

Host Brittany Boddington gets more than she bargained for on what turned out to be a grueling, snowbound and extremely physical hunt for chamois in Romania's Carpathian mountains.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 11: Wheelgun Buffalo

Host Craig Boddington lays claim to hunting more than 100 Cape Buffalo over the course of his 40 plus year career, but he never took one with a handgun. That changed in South Africa when Craig faced down "black death" with a magnum wheelgun.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 9: Aloha Axis Deer

Host Mike Schoby joins his buddies Jon Dubin and Jeff Johnston on the island of Lanai for a deer hunt Hawaiian style!

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Which are the best states to hunt for black bears? I have compiled a list of several great black North America

Best States To Hunt For Black Bears

Joseph von Benedikt

Which are the best states to hunt for black bears? I have compiled a list of several great...

Looking for a great gun for the young hunter in your family? Here are eight favorites. Guns

8 Great Youth Guns Designed for Growing Hunters

Brad Fitzpatrick - July 18, 2016

Looking for a great gun for the young hunter in your family? Here are eight favorites.

Follow these basic steps to prepare your meat, then pair it with one of these delicious marinades. Recipes

8 Best Venison Marinades

Hank Shaw

Follow these basic steps to prepare your meat, then pair it with one of these delicious...

I have never felt that camping trailers at least the Hunting

The Ultimate Hunting Trailers

WA Staff

I have never felt that camping trailers at least the "house on wheels" variety that most people

See More Trending Articles

More Worldwide

Kevin Steele visits a red stag trophy room in New Zealand and then sets out to hunt one for himself. Worldwide

Trophy Red Stags

PHTV Adventures - June 26, 2015

Kevin Steele visits a red stag trophy room in New Zealand and then sets out to hunt one for...

All hunts are good, but some are better than others. Some are just more rewarding in overall Worldwide

International Hunts to Plan Before You Die (Or Get Really Old)

Craig Boddington - March 12, 2013

All hunts are good, but some are better than others. Some are just more rewarding in overall

Kevin Steele and Jason Morton travel to New Zealand for free-range red stag on scenic Glen Deene Worldwide

Free Range Red Stag Hunt

PHTV Adventures - June 26, 2015

Kevin Steele and Jason Morton travel to New Zealand for free-range red stag on scenic Glen...

Kevin Steele and Jason Morton arrive in New Zealand and get their gear and weapons ready for a red Worldwide

Gearing Up for Red Stag

PHTV Adventures - June 26, 2015

Kevin Steele and Jason Morton arrive in New Zealand and get their gear and weapons ready for a...

See More Worldwide

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Hunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now