Uganda

 

Uganda

After a dark period marked by successive conflicts and a long civil war, Uganda is now standing strong again and ready to proudly welcome travelers. Lying in the Great Lakes region, Uganda is home to the largest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria, and the tallest mountain range on the continent. The “Pearl of Africa” also hosts an incredibly rich biodiversity, including the Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceroses and buffaloes), and half of the last critically endangered mountain gorillas remaining on the planet. Uganda may not have the high tourism standards of its Kenyan and Tanzanian neighbors, but this results in an even more authentic African experience!

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

UGANDA – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

Hepatitis ARecommended for all travelers.
Hepatitis BRecommended for all travelers.
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid feverRecommended for all travelers.
Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis VaccineTetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose.
Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32).

*Only applicable for Quebec.

PolioOne-time booster recommended for any adult traveler who completed the childhood series but never had polio vaccine as an adult (after 18 years old only).
Measles – Rubella – MumpsTwo doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
The Yellow Fever Vaccine

A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country.

Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details.
It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure.

For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website:
https://www.who.int/ith/ith-country-list.pdf

MeningitisRecommended for all travellers during the season(s). Consider immunization for specific groups or itineraries outside the dry season
Flu – InfluenzaSeasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella)Recommended for all travelers
African Tick Bite FeverPresence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – RabiesFor travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.
SchistosomiasisAvoid swimming in fresh water.
Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC)Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.
MalariaMalaria is present in this country. The risk may be region specific. Prophylaxis measures to be discussed with the health care professional.
CholeraRecommended for humanitarian workers, health care providers and/or adults who are traveling to areas of active cholera transmission.
Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and/or ZikaThere are many illnesses that are transmitted via mosquito bites and unfortunately we do not have vaccines to protect us against most of them. It is important to inquire with your healthcare professional regarding the specific risks and the different illnesses presently in circulation.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Antimalarials RecommendedMalarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine
Acetazolamide/DexaméthasoneRecommended to prevent Acute mountain sickness (AMS).
Antibiotics Traveler’s DiarrheaAzithromycin or Suprax

MEDICAL CARES

Access to medical care in Uganda is very limited, especially outside of Kampala, the capital city. The health care provided by the country’s medical facilities remains of poor quality. The main hospital in Uganda is the Mulago Hospital, located in the capital. It is only suitable for basic medical care. In the event of serious medical issues, an air evacuation to another country is indispensable.

There are no satisfying emergency services in Uganda. 

Pharmacies are few in the country and they only sell basic medicines, not always of reliable quality. Be sure to bring your own medical supplies in sufficient quantities when traveling to Uganda, especially if you require specific treatments.

SECURITY ABROAD

The volatile situation in the eastern part of neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could lead to possible incursions into western Uganda by DRC rebels.

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Emergency services

Dial 999 for emergency assistance.