3Nov/11

This Might Sting – Malaria Immunization

Travelling abroad can be a daunting task especially if you are off to an exotic destination, like Africa, where special precautions need to be taken to avoid unnecessary complications due to exposure to tropical diseases.But following a few simple guidelines can make your trip that much easier, and with the convenience and abundance of modern Medication even the wariest of travellers can now enjoy the wide expanses of the African Savannah. Below I have put together some useful information and links on  Malaria to help any would be traveller thinking of travelling to Africa.

So you’ve decided to travel to Africa, but before you set off on your Safari Adventure you need to get some information about your destination. Remember not all of Africa is affected by Malaria, and it is quite easy to go on Safari and not worry about the pesky parasite. In fact in South Africa, particularly the Eastern Cape, we have a number of Malaria free Game Farms. One such is example is Pumba Private Game farm just outside Grahamstown and only 40 minutes for Port Elizabeth. This game farm boasts the Big Five and is nestled between rolling hills. It offers affordable luxury Accommodation and excellent service. Definitely worth checking out. But i digress back to my original discussion.

When looking for information on a destinations Malaria zones, the best place to look is the countries embassy and tourism websites,  they should have a detailed list of area’s that require caution. You could also look at this pdf chart of malaria zones. Once you’ve established the destinations risk level it is time to look for immunization options.

There are a number of different medications out there with pro’s and con’s and finding the one that suits you is often based on your needs and current health it is advisable to speak to your Doctor or clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel to establish the course of meds you should take and to begin the process of immunization. A helpful place to start this process is the Netcare Travel Website. It offers a wealth of knowledge relating to the parasite and various treatment and immunization methods. It also provides local South African clinic contact details.

Once you’ve been immunized it is advisable to travel with a mosquito net, if you plan on sleeping in back packers and camping. Most hotels in Malaria zones will have nets available but it doesn’t hurt to carry a spare in case. Also make sure that you are aware of the symptoms of the disease. These are listed below :

  • fever
  • rigors
  • headaches
  • sweating
  • tiredness
  • myalgia (limbs and back)
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • orthostatic hypotension
  • nausea
  • slight jaundice
  • cough
  • enlarged liver and spleen (sometimes not palpable)
  • vomiting

If you experience any of these symptoms, “rather be somewhat paranoid” and seek medical advice, while immunization does work, you can still get a mild case of Malaria. And its advisable to stop the parasite as early as possible so rather be cautious.

If this  still seems daunting  consult with your travel agent as they will be able to assist to you.

At Sure Maritime Travel, our consultants are extremely knowledgeable on Travel Vaccines and Immunization and will gladly assist you in making sure you have all the necessary Shots  and medication specific to your destination.So there is no need to be wary, with the help of one of our Agents we will have you packed and ready to have an African Adventure before you know it.

Remember to check out our great Deals on Pumba Private Game Farm and other holiday destinations.

Happy Travelling

The Sure Maritime Travel Team

 

 



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