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Old Jul 13th, 2010, 07:50 AM
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Yellow Fever immunization for Tanzania

My husband and I are in our 60's and going to Tanzania for 3 weeks. We will be in Dar Es Salaam,Arusha and Zanzibar. Do we need to get a yellow fever shot and a typhoid shot? I am getting mixed messages on this topic. I don't believe they are required BUT??????

Did you know you can get your shots through Safeway in the States....$45 to fill out the form on line and no cost for the appt. at the pharmacy,cheaper than the gov. health clinic and shots cost are competitive! I imagine less expensive than going to yur dr's also.
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Old Jul 13th, 2010, 11:55 AM
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If you are flying directly to TZ via AMS, then no. If going through Kenya..or a few other countries, then yes.
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Old Jul 13th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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We are flying from Seattle, Washington to London. We stay in London for a few days and then onto Dar Es salaam.

What shots are absolutely necessary...maybe not required but probably wise at our age?
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Old Jul 13th, 2010, 12:51 PM
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If arriving from US even via Europe, no need for Yellow Fever.

As to what inoculations any traveler any where should consider
-- be current on inocs we haven't had since childhood
-- Tetanus, (DPT) lasts 10/yrs
-- Hep A, easily contracted anywhere even if not leaving home, good for 10/yrs or longer
-- Polio Booster, good for rest of your life

-- Hep B*, only for extended stays as if with Peace Corp, NGOs, etc... otherwise "no unprotected s*x with strangers"

*some docs are giving a combo A/B, so ask, but B isn't necessary for a short visit.

... and don't forget your malaria meds.

Pack tummy meds, repellent and SPF... you're good to go!
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Old Jul 14th, 2010, 07:00 AM
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I am not sure, but did you prepay your safari costs before you left and lodging?

I am getting very excited because I feel like I am finally closing in on all of the planning!

Don't you just love this Fodors forum!!

Thanks for all of the help.
Patti
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