Travelling to Kenya with RA

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Jul 2nd, 2013, 04:30 AM
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Travelling to Kenya with RA

Have read all of the research on yellow fever vaccine and RA patients, but would love to hear from any one with RA who has actually traveled to Kenya. I have very mild RA and on a low dosage of methotraxate. Some studies I've read indicate the dosage I am on is safe for the yf vaccine, and the general rule of thumb is no live vaccines for RA patients. If you have RA and have been to Kenya I would love to hear about your experience and how you protected yourself from the pesky mosquitos.

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Jul 2nd, 2013, 01:37 PM
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Can't comment on RA, but if traveling from the States, Canada, Western Europe, there is no requirement for the Yellow Fever inoculation for entry to Kenya.

The last few cases of YF were back in the mid-'90s and these were two (only) in some far distant area far away from any tourist routes.

Pesky mossies, regardless what they may carry - malaria, dengue or even YF - you still have to protect yourself.

For Malaria as they bite dusk to dawn, to be covered with long pants/sleeves/socks and repellent on exposed skin (not face or back of neck). And, of course, require malaria meds starting a few days/weeks prior departure, while in-country and then again on your return home. The protocols are different for the various meds available, so must discuss with doc which best for you.

Dengue - these critters bite during daytime, so again repellent. No meds to protect against this.
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