Medical Issues

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  • Have all of your standard vaccinations (such as polio, tetanus etc.) updated, if necessary.
  • Check out the necessity for tropics-specific vaccinations e.g. yellow fever, hepatitis etc. In Germany I had to locate a physician in my region that was certified for yellow fever vaccinations.
    In other countries it is no doubt the same.
  • This particular physician also provided very detailed information regarding various health aspects of traveling to East Africa. One important aspect is to be well aware of is Malaria prevention. There are several medications one can take to "possibly" prevent Malaria. They have differing dosage requirements, prices, as well as an assortment of wonderful, potential side effects.
    I ended up deciding upon Doxycycline as the lesser of evils.
    At our hotel located in Arusha (1400m; on the southern slopes of Mount Meru) I ended up seeing only a total of 2-3 mosquitoes in the total of 3 days spent there. Due to what I figured was an astronomically low probability of being bitten by a malaria infected mosquito, I stopped taking Doxycycline after only 5 days, instead of the prescribed 2 1/2 months. I figured that the side effects of "Doxy" (gastro-intestinal reactions and photo-sensitivity) weren't worth it.
  • As of this writing (3 weeks after returning from Tanzania) I spent this last weekend in bed with waves of elevated temperature and chills. This is probably just a normal bug, but it is highly recommended to have this situation checked into for a period of time after returning from the tropics.
    I'm waiting on the lab results from the blood test...
    2 days later: blood test results A-OK...