Please talk to the travel nurse at your General Practice or a travel clinic about the vaccinations you will need. In Bristol the student health centre run a travel clinic and Nomad (on Park Street) have a good travel clinic - you do have to pay for a consultation though if you don't have any injections with them. Unless you have had vaccinations for previous travel, you are likely to need to pay for some of the injections you receive.

Some vaccinations require a course of multiple injections over a certain time period to be effective. You therefore ideally need to make contact with your GP or Travel Clinic at least 12 weeks prior to your departure date. If you realise that you are later than 12 weeks before departure it is still important to make contact, but make sure that you tell them when you are due to travel.



Adventure Alternative have a contract with InterHealth, an international health charity, which provides expert travel advice and guidance on travel in any country. The benefits of this include:

  • Free travel consultations and health advice with a medical team to discuss pre-travel requirements such as malaria prevention and vaccination requirements.

      Tel: 020 7902 9033 - 2-3pm Mon-Fri or email:

  • Urgent medical advice – for serious health issues, available 24 hours a day while you're away. Emergency phone line: 079 7325 0026

You can also sign up to their MyHealth website, which provides a lot of travel health information and the ability to contact InterHealth directly if you don’t find what you need. 

Further Information


In addition to an appointment with your GP or specialist travel clinic, further information can be obtained through the following websites:

  • Travel Health Pro


Considerations: Exactly which vaccinations you need will depend on a number of factors. Certain activities may place you at higher risk of getting some diseases. In particular, consider the following:

  • The country, or countries, you are visiting. In some cases, the region of a country you are visiting will also be important.

  • When you are travelling. Some diseases are more common at certain times of the year, for example during the rainy season.

  • Where you are staying. In general, you will be more at risk of getting diseases in rural areas than in urban areas. If you are backpacking and staying in hostels, or camping, you may be more at risk than those who are staying in a hotel.

  • How long you will be staying. The longer your stay, the greater your risk of being exposed to diseases.

  • Your age and health. Some people may be more vulnerable to infection than others, while some vaccinations cannot be given to those with a particular medical condition.

  • What you will be doing during your stay. For example, whether you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, such as trekking or working in rural areas, or if you are working in a medical setting. For example, a doctor or nurse may require additional vaccinations.

  • If you are in contact with animals, you may be more at risk of getting diseases that are spread by animals, such as rabies.

  • How far you will be from medical help, for example how quickly you can get to a medical facility carrying the rabies treatment medications, if you are in an area where rabies is a problem.

Vaccinations - Kenya

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