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Vaccines for diseaseRecommendationsClinical Guidance for Healthcare providers
Routine vaccinesMake sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines includeChickenpox (Varicella)Diphtheria-Tetanus-PertussisFlu (influenza)Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)PolioShinglesImmunization schedules
COVID-19All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see Your COVID-19 Vaccination for more information. COVID-19 vaccine
CholeraAreas of active cholera transmission are localized to to the counties of Busia (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Garissa (last case reported 3-6 months ago), Homa Bay (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Isiolo (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Kajiado (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Kiambu (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Kirinyaga (last case reported 9-12 months ago), Kisumu (last case reported 9-12 months ago), Kwale (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Lamu (last case reported in the past 3 months), Machakos (last case reported 9-12 months ago), Mandera (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Marsabit (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Meru (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Migori (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Mombasa (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Murang’a (last case reported 9-12 months ago), Nairobi (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Nakuru (last case reported 9-12 months ago), Samburu (last case reported 9-12 months ago), Siaya (last case reported 6-9 months ago), Tana River (last case reported in the past 3 months), and Wajir (last case reported 6-9 months ago) in Kenya. Cholera is rare in travelers. Certain factors may increase the risk of getting cholera or having severe disease (more information). Avoiding unsafe food and water and washing your hands can also help prevent cholera.Vaccination may be considered for children and adults who are traveling to areas of active cholera transmission.Cholera – CDC Yellow Book
Hepatitis ARecommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Kenya.Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.Hepatitis A – CDC Yellow BookDosing info – Hep A
Hepatitis BRecommended for unvaccinated travelers younger than 60 years old traveling to Kenya. Unvaccinated travelers 60 years and older may get vaccinated before traveling to Kenya.Hepatitis B – CDC Yellow BookDosing info – Hep B
MalariaCDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Kenya take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take.Find country-specific information about malaria.Malaria – CDC Yellow BookConsiderations when choosing a drug for malaria prophylaxis (CDC Yellow Book)Malaria information for Kenya.
MeaslesCases of measles are on the rise worldwide. Travelers are at risk of measles if they have not been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure, or have not had measles in the past, and travel internationally to areas where measles is spreading.All international travelers should be fully vaccinated against measles with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, including an early dose for infants 6–11 months, according to CDC’s measles vaccination recommendations for international travel.Measles (Rubeola) – CDC Yellow Book
Meningitis (Meningococcal disease)Recommended for travelers 2 months old or older traveling to areas of Kenya that are part of the meningitis belt during the dry season.Meningococcal disease – CDC Yellow BookMeningitis Belt Map
PolioIn Kenya poliovirus has been identified in the past year.Travelers to Kenya are at increased risk of exposure to poliovirus.Vaccine recommendations: Adults traveling to Kenya who received a complete polio vaccination series as children may receive a single lifetime booster dose of inactivated polio vaccine; travelers who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated should receive a complete polio vaccination series before travel. Children who are not fully vaccinated will be considered for an accelerated vaccination schedule.Polio – CDC Yellow BookPolio: For Travelers
RabiesRabid dogs are commonly found in Kenya. If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other mammal while in Kenya, there may be limited or no rabies treatment available. Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.Travelers more likely to encounter rabid animals includeCampers, adventure travelers, or cave explorers (spelunkers)Veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers handling animal specimensVisitors to rural areasSince children are more likely to be bitten or scratched by a dog or other animals, consider rabies vaccination for children traveling to Kenya. Rabies – CDC Yellow Book
TyphoidRecommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.Typhoid – CDC Yellow BookDosing info – Typhoid
Yellow FeverRequired for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission.1Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old except as follows. Generally not recommended for travel limited to: the city of Nairobi (the capital); the counties of the former North Eastern Province (Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa); or the counties (except Taita-Taveta) of the former Coast Province (Kilifi, including the city of Malindi; Kwale; Lamu; Mombasa, including the city of Mombasa; Tana River) .Yellow Fever – CDC Yellow Book