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Visiting Kenya - how much do the vaccines and tablets cost ?

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I am planning a trip to kenya. Do any of you know how much (more or less) will cost the doctor, vaccines and tablets neccesaries?

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Re: Kenya

Better luck trying lonelyplanet.com and perusing the Thorn Tree Forum...
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Re: Kenya

Not very expensive from what I recall. If living near a major metro area, often there is a walk in clinic/hospital that does this a low cost. Alternavtively your own GP should do it for the cost of a normal visit, plus the costs of the vaccines. Vaccines will depend on what you have already and what you need, be aware of some long lead times for some vaccines. I believe most of my was re-imbursed by health insurance as well, check your coverage. The newer anti-malaria medications cost a bit more than the traditional ones, but have lesser side effects, best for your dr. to counsel you on this, especially if you have any health issues.
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I will not get Swiss prices there...
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Not very expensive from what I recall. If living near a major metro area, often there is a walk in clinic/hospital that does this a low cost. Alternavtively your own GP should do it for the cost of a normal visit, plus the costs of the vaccines. Vaccines will depend on what you have already and what you need, be aware of some long lead times for some vaccines. I believe most of my was re-imbursed by health insurance as well, check your coverage. The newer anti-malaria medications cost a bit more than the traditional ones, but have lesser side effects, best for your dr. to counsel you on this, especially if you have any health issues.
Not very expensive is?? 500CHF for everything?
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Re: Kenya

As runningdeer said, which vaccines you need will depend on which ones you've already had. So either you can tell us your medical history and give us a list of vaccines needed for Kenya and we'll help you match up the two lists, or...

... hey wait, I've had a great idea! Maybe your doctor would know!
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Re: Visiting Kenya - where can I get vaccines and tablets

Some tips in this thread:

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Re: Kenya

Aren't you in the wrong forum?

cant you convert the prices you get from lonelyplanet.com ect.?
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I will not get Swiss prices there...
Well then, whatever prices you do get, use this.

Or, if you're interested in a ballpark figure, ask for USD and it will be roughly the same.
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Re: Kenya

Information sources from an old thread. You should be able to find out what your need from them, when it needs to be done (leave some time) and how much it will cost.

http://www.ispm.uzh.ch/travelclinic.html

http://www.safetravel.ch/safetravel2...n=changeLangue

I would also strongly suggest the "Twinrix" Hepatitis A & B shots. Good for travel anywhere. http://www.twinrix.com/
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Re: Visiting Kenya - where can I get vaccines and tablets

should I know which vaccines I have already???

I was a kid, I do not remember...mybe my mum.
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Re: Visiting Kenya - where can I get vaccines and tablets

I did it years ago before working in Africa, think I had around 6+ vaccines in 2 different sittings, was working there for a while so they were extra careful, you prob won't need so many.

If you can't remember the vaccines you had, don't worry too much about it, the doctor should be able to work it out, and will probably be only concerned with your last TB jab.
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Re: Visiting Kenya - how much to the vaccines and tablets cost ?

Vaccines are important but malaria tablets are, in my view, probably more important. You don't say where you are going in Kenya. It is worth checking the Internet for information.

I visit South Africa regularly to see family and have been advised by UK doctors to have vaccines for diseases I am extremely unlikely to encounter. However if I visit certain areas of South Africa e.g. Kruger National Park, I know malaria tablets are mandatory. There are also some simple precautions one can take like using mosquito nets at night.
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Re: Visiting Kenya - how much to the vaccines and tablets cost ?

So, how long in advance should I take the tablets? I am trying to get an appointment with the doctor as soon as possible. How much they cost (apart of the doctor time)? I have over 3 months to go...I hope is fine.

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Vaccines are important but malaria tablets are, in my view, probably more important. You don't say where you are going in Kenya. It is worth checking the Internet for information.

I visit South Africa regularly to see family and have been advised by UK doctors to have vaccines for diseases I am extremely unlikely to encounter. However if I visit certain areas of South Africa e.g. Kruger National Park, I know malaria tablets are mandatory. There are also some simple precautions one can take like using mosquito nets at night.
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Re: Visiting Kenya - how much to the vaccines and tablets cost ?

Quite frankly I don't mind paying less for somethings.

Healthcare isn't one of them...

Things like yellow fever, typhoid, cholera, hep A all kill. Now not all of those are needed, but most are recommended for Kenya.

As for malaria... gin & tonic does the trick*...

Oh, and if you are going there only for hols, and remaining domiciled in CH, then consider Rega.

*disclaimer: this is a light hearted comment - I do not advise going against medical advice and not actually taking anti-malarial pills.
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Re: Visiting Kenya - how much to the vaccines and tablets cost ?

For health money doesn't matter, I just want to get an idea for planning the cost.

P.S: In case of expensive here I can fly to spain and visit my family doctor. He will do it for free.

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Quite frankly I don't mind paying less for somethings.

Healthcare isn't one of them...

Things like yellow fever, typhoid, cholera, hep A all kill. Now not all of those are needed, but most are recommended for Kenya.

As for malaria... gin & tonic does the trick*...

*disclaimer: this is a light hearted comment - I do not advise going against medical advice and not actually taking anti-malarial pills.
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should I know which vaccines I have already???

I was a kid, I do not remember...mybe my mum.
You should certainly know what vaccines you have received, since some are due to renew, every now and then. Everyone receives a vaccine pass, a little booklet where all the vaccinations are tracked. If you do not have yours, your mom should be able to tell you, or contact your pediatrician/GP back home. GPs usually keep tracks of these things as well.

I think 3mo is plenty of time, unless they require some vaccines that might be hard to order. I'd see your GP as soon as possible, there should be a dept of tropical medicine in a big hospital, maybe uni?
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So, how long in advance should I take the tablets? I am trying to get an appointment with the doctor as soon as possible. How much they cost (apart of the doctor time)? I have over 3 months to go...I hope is fine.
The tablets probably cost different amounts dependant on which country you buy them. I've only bought them in the UK and they were quite reasonable (but then so is Ibuprofen). There are different types of anti-malaria tablets and it is worth doing a bit of research. Some do not work well if you drink alcohol as well. Remember these anti-malaria tablets are used to treat malaria and are quite strong.

For information from http://www.uyaphi.com/kenya/malaria.htm. There are loads of other sites as well.

How can malaria and other travel-related illnesses be prevented?

» Visit your health care provider 4-6 weeks before foreign travel for any necessary vaccinations and a prescription for an antimalarial drug.
» Take your antimalarial drug exactly on schedule without missing doses
» Prevent mosquito and other insect bites. Use DEET insect repellent on exposed skin and flying insect spray in the room where you sleep
» Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, especially from dusk to dawn. This is the time when mosquitoes that spread malaria bite
» Sleep under a mosquito bednet that has been dipped in permethrin insecticide if you are not living in screened or air-conditioned housing
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P.S: In case of expensive here I can fly to spain and visit my family doctor. He will do it for free.
Fair enough. In that case ask your (CH) doctor for a price estimate. No one here can really give you an accurate estimate unless they've recently been to Kenya and have the exact same vaccination record as you.
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Re: Visiting Kenya - how much do the vaccines and tablets cost ?

Kenya requires only the yellow fever jab to be done, that you can get done here. If you want to take malaria tabs, you get them here. If you dont take the yellow fever shot, they will do it for you at the airport on arrival fdor 50 bucks but good luck with the needle hygiene
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