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KILIMANJARO IMMUNIZATION & HEALTH

Your Immunization & Health on Kilimanjaro is our top of the priority. Being up-to-date with necessary vaccinations and taking basic preventive measures can make your journey during the Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing safe and enjoyable.

In your Kilimanjaro Packing List you should check the following:

Planning Before the Journey
  •  Do medical check-up and consult your doctor in case of chronic illness like high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes and others.
  •  Arrange spare contact lenses and glasses, if required.
  •  Bring first-aid and medical kit together.
  •  Arrange required vaccinations.
  •  Register with International Association for Medical Advice to Travellers
  •  Carry medicines in their original containers

IMMUNIZATION

The most common Kilimanjaro FAQ is about the requirement of immunization and vaccination on the trip. We suggest vaccinations for diseases as per the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) and World Health Organization (WHO).

The recommended vaccinations for any country by World Health Organization (WHO) are:

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  •  Diphtheria
  •  Hepatitis B
  •  Tetanus
  •  Measles
  •  Mumps
  •  Rubella
  •  Polio

The recommended vaccinations according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) are:

  •  Hepatitis A
  •  Hepatitis B
  •  Diphtheria
  •  Typhoid
  •  Tetanus
  •  Rabies
  •  Measles
  •  Polio

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is only required while entering Tanzania, if you’re coming from an infected area to safeguard your Immunization & Health on Kilimanjaro. As Tanzania is a country with high risk of malaria, the preventive measures should be taken while starting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or for safari. During Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, you should take precautions to prevent malaria before and after trekking as there are no mosquitoes on high altitude. Take mosquito repellents

  •  Apply mosquito repellent on your skin and clothes.
  •  Stay inside the room during evening and night.
  •  Wear long trousers and long sleeve shirts.
  •  Use mosquito net while sleeping
  •  Take Malarone tablet to avoid side effects.

TRAVEL/HEALTH INSURANCE

Make your travel insurance before starting a journey or trekking. Before selecting policies, ensure that the policy covers emergency transport, urgent evacuation (in case of trekking), and rescue by helicopter in emergency, medical treatment, etc.

You can take temporary membership with the African Medical & Research Foundation’s Flying Doctors program.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

On high altitude of Mt. Kilimanjaro, most of the hikers feel the sickness. The symptoms are headaches, nausea, dizziness, breathlessness, loss of appetite and possibly palpitations. Our Kilimanjaro Guides will help you avoid this and help in maintaining your Immunization & Health on Kilimanjaro. Below are some tips to avoid altitude sickness.

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  •  Choose longer route
  •  Climb high on days and sleep low in nights
  •  Take nutritious food
  •  Give priority to acclimatize rather than climbing.
  •  Go slowly
  •  Sleep well
  •  Keep yourself hydrated
  •  Avoid alcohol and smoking

Altitude sickness can lead to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), in case of negligence.

For having High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) as Acute Mountain Sickness, immediate descend down for at least 1000 meters.

For High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), take Nifedipine and evacuate immediately. To evacuate immediately, inform your trekking guide to call rescue team. You can use Dexamethasone or Prednisolone as instructed by the doctor.

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