212.696.5900

274 Madison Ave, Suite 304
(Btw 39 and 40th str) New York, NY 10016

ONLINE SCHEDULING IN 3 EASY STEPS

  • Choose your time
    Online
  • Get the email
    Confirmation
  • See doctor
    Today

Book Online

Glance AT A GLANCE:

  • Mount Kenya, Amboseli Park, Great Rift Valley, and Masai Mara are the most visited areas
  • Yellow fever, Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus, meningitis, and typhoid, vaccines recommended
  • Rabies vaccine recommended for other areas
  • Daily anti-malaria medication needed

Travel to Kenya can be a great experience, as long as you plan ahead to avoid health risks. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions our patients ask about traveling to Kenya.

QuestionKenya commonly asked questions

What places in Kenya do New Yorkers visit most?

New Yorkers in Kenya visit Masai Mara, Mount Kenya, Amboseli Park, and the Great Rift Valley most.

Masai Mara National Reserve is the most popular park in Kenya, and it lies along the southwest border. It is a great place to view wildlife, as not only does Masai Mara boast a wide variety of native creatures but also is where animals ranging from lions to zebra pass through each year during the Great Migration.

Mount Kenya, located right in the middle of Kenya, is the highest mountain in the country. It is an extinct volcano, and is crowned with snow and glaciers. While some of the highest peaks require technical climbing, many lower peaks still provide incredible views, and the mountain receives over 15,000 visitors each year.

Amboseli National Park, located in southwest Kenya, is the country's second most popular park. It is home to one of the largest populations of elephants in the world, in addition to its diverse population of game, birds, and other animals. People visit park for its scenery, as it provides great views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Great Rift Valley is a trench that runs straight through Kenya, from north to south. Since the land is moving apart, the landscape is one of a kind and provides breathtaking views. Lake Nakuru is one of the most popular spots in the Great Rift Valley, as it draws vast amounts of flamingos.

Which vaccinations are required by law?

No vaccinations are required by law. However, there are several vaccinations that the Center for Disease Control recommends for travelers to Kenya, including hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus, meningitis, typhoid, yellow fever, and possibly rabies depending on which area you are traveling to.

Which vaccinations should I receive, and are there any I have already received?

While you may have received some of the recommended vaccinations, some may have expired or need a booster. The following is information about the vaccines recommended by the Center for Disease Control, along with their spans of immunity:

-Yellow fever vaccination consists of one shot for a ten year immunity.

-Polio vaccination includes four shots and a booster after the age of 21 for a lifelong immunity.

-Typhoid vaccination includes one shot for a two year immunity.

-Meningitis vaccination consists of one shot for a lifetime immunity. However, if the vaccine was received before the age of 16, a booster needs to be received for lifelong immunity.

-Tetanus vaccination includes one shot for a ten year immunity.

-Hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccinations should be received. As the hepatitis A vaccine is usually only received by travelers to third world countries, if you received a hepatitis vaccine and are uncertain which it was probably hepatitis B. The hepatitis B vaccine only needs to be received once and includes three shots. Hepatitis A vaccination needs to be received twice for lifelong immunity, or once for a one year immunity.

Rabies vaccination, which includes three vaccines for a two year immunity, should be received if traveling to certain rural areas, and especially if you will be interacting with wild animals throughout your trip.

How early should I be immunized?

You should receive your vaccinations a few weeks before leaving for Kenya. However, if you have less time, the medications and vaccinations can still provide protection, and you should come for a travel consultation in order to find out what is best for your situation.

What should I do if I'm unsure which vaccines I need?

You should receive the vaccinations again. As it cannot harm you to get revaccinated, it is better to be safe and protected from the diseases.

Do I need to bring medication, such as anti-malaria medication, and what is available?

Malaria medication should be taken daily while in Kenya. Malarone and Doxycycline are the two malaria medications offered. They are both taken starting three days prior to departure, but Doxycycline must be taken for 30 days after the trip while Malarone must be taken for just one week. Doxycycline is therefore cheaper, and more commonly chosen by our uninsured patients. Insurance usually covers either medication.

The two other medications that should be brought to Kenya with you are Cipro or another prescribed antibiotic, and Imodium or an anti-diarrheal.

What other steps can I take to stay healthy in Kenya?

You should be careful about insects, as insect-borne disease is prevalent in Kenya. In order to protect yourself you should try and wear long clothing, bring an insect repellent of DEET concentration between 30-50%, and consider purchasing a permethrin-treated bed net to keep insects away when sleeping.

Also, while Kenya's natural scenery is beautiful, you should exercise caution when dealing with the environment and wildlife. If you are somehow injured, particularly if injured by an animal, go to a doctor immediately in order to prevent a worse health situation. In addition, you should wear a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher to protect yourself from the sun.

Ensure that your food is cooked well and avoid drinking tap water, as tap water is one of the main mediums of disease transmission. For this reason ice and fountain drinks, made from tap water, should also be avoided while in Kenya.

What happens at the travel health consultation?

At the travel health consultation, your immunization record is reviewed along with your Kenya travel plans. After a discussion with our doctor about your different options, you can make a decision as to what vaccinations and medications you'd like to receive.

Credit cards
  • Yellow fever
  • Typhoid (shot)
  • Typhoid (oral)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hep A/B (combo)
  • Tetanus(TDAP)
  • Polio
  • Meningitis
  • Rabies
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • $190
  • $88
  • $110
  • $88
  • $80
  • $120
  • $78
  • $68
  • $138
  • $330
  • $330
Pay cash and save 8%
  • Yellow fever
  • Typhoid (shot)
  • Typhoid (oral)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hep A/B (combo)
  • Tetanus(TDAP)
  • Polio
  • Meningitis
  • Rabies
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • $175
  • $80
  • $100
  • $80
  • $74
  • $110
  • $70
  • $60
  • $127
  • $303
  • $303

One-time office-visit fee of $65*

Office visit covers administration of all vaccines and prescriptions