Travel Vaccines and Advice for Uganda

For any travelers visiting Uganda, there are certain vaccinations that are needed to be received. Before taking a safari to Uganda, there are vaccines that are recommended. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the following vaccinations for Uganda.

Recommended vaccinations include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Cholera, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Meningitis, Polio, Measels, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), Chickenpox, Shingles, Pneumonia and Influenza.

There is a risk of yellow fever in Uganda and all travelers over the age of nine months must be vaccinated for entry.

Malaria spreads through infected mosquitoes and travelers are advised to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and take antimalarial drugs.

CDC recommends travelers planning on visiting certain parts of Uganda during the dry season (December-June) to have meningitis vaccine.

Note: It is recommended to take these vaccines a month before your trip to Uganda.

 

All travelers                                                                                         

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Measles
  • Infants (6 through 11 months old): 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as the first dose in the routine childhood vaccination series.
  • People 12 months old or older, with no evidence of immunity or no written documentation of any doses: 2 doses of MMR vaccine before travel. The 2 doses must be given 28 days apart.
  • People 12 months old or older who have written documentation of 1 dose and no other evidence of immunity: 1 additional dose before travel, at least 28 days after the previous dose.
 

 

Yellow Fever Required for arriving travelers from all countries if traveler is ≥1 year of age.1

Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months of age.

Note: Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is currently limited. If you need to be vaccinated before your trip, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance.

Routine vaccines Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Most travelers

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.

Hepatitis A CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Uganda, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Malaria You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria. Areas of Uganda with risk of malaria: All. See more detailed information about malaria in Uganda.
Typhoid You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Uganda. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
Some travelers

Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.

Cholera Vaccination may be considered for adults who are traveling to areas of active cholera transmission. Areas of active cholera transmission are localized to the districts of Bududa (last case reported September 2019), Busia (last case reported September 2019), Isingiro (last case reported September 2019), Kisoro (last case reported September 2019), and Kyegegwa (last case reported September 2019) in Uganda. Cholera is rare in travelers but can be severe. 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.
Hepatitis B You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
Meningitis (Meningococcal disease) CDC recommends this vaccine if you plan to visit parts of Uganda located in the meningitis belt during the dry season (December–June), when the disease is most common.
Rabies Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Uganda, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
  • People who are taking long trips or moving to Uganda
  • Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

Therefore,if you plan to visit Uganda then ensure you get these vaccines as recommended.

Even without Winston Churchill having to trek mountain gorillas or chimpanzees, he was so wowed and named this beautiful country the Pearl of Africa.  Uganda is indeed an amazing Africa safari destination with lots of wildlife, flora, fauna and bird species. World over,  Uganda safaris have been preferred by travelers and therefore chosen by many.

The activities to do include Uganda gorilla tracking, wildlife tours, birding tours in Uganda, chimpanzee trekking, white water rafting and many other adventure activities.

Note: Though the world has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and travel is at threat, when all this comes to an end, this will be so helpful in planning your next trip to Uganda.