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Yellow Fever Vaccination in Uganda

On any safari in Uganda, it’s recommendable that tourists don’t forget their travel documents. It’s not that Uganda is a risky destination, but rather for more safety. Yellow fever vaccination in Uganda is mandatory and you ought to have a yellow fever vaccination certificate to be granted entry into the country.

Yellow Fever Vaccination in Uganda

For the world wanderlusts always pack their documents first in their travel pack, while the first time travelers always face a daunting situation choosing what to pack and not to pack. Whether it’s your first time or not, the Ugandan law requires you to have some specific documents.

To this, most tourists think of a valid passport, a driving license if they are to self-drive, the air tickets, and visas. But attaining a Ugandan visa also requires any traveler to possess a recent yellow card vaccination certificate that verifies that they are safe from contracting a deadly yellow fever virus, common in the sub-Saharan Africa.

From the time Angola got a yellow fever outbreak, other African countries started to implement the yellow fever vaccination certificate as an entry requirement. No single tourist is allowed to enter Uganda unless with a valid yellow card or you are immunized at the entry point like Entebbe international airport at their own cost.

The yellow fever vaccination works best if administered in the home country before coming to Uganda since it doesn’t work until ten days later. This means that the tourist will be in the country for ten days without protection.

Even if there have not been recent reported cases of yellow fever outbreak in Uganda, and the country is yellow fever free and tries to keep it that way. This backs up the yellow card entry requirement to Uganda.

Only pregnant women, babies and HIV/AIDS patients with a CD4 count below 200 are exempted and cleared by the travel authorities without the yellow cards. Elderly visitors above the age of 69 years and those allergic are also exempted from this.

This is done to prevent the importation of the virus as seen in some countries in order to protect the health of the residents and the visitors too. The World Health Organization describes Yellow fever as a very dangerous hemorrhagic disease that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The major signs and symptoms are headache, fever, shivering, loss of appetite, muscle pain and vomiting.

Travelers to Uganda are always advised to carry insect repellents to avoid mosquito bites. Still clients can put on long trousers and shirts, sleep under mosquito nets and also use their personal known ways of distracting off mosquitoes.

Note that Uganda is a popular tourist destination with almost all beauties that world travelers are searching out for. Talk of the mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga national park.

The tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest fresh water lake, the primate capital of the world; Kibale forest national park and several other amazing features including the kind and hospitable people too. A yellow card is no reason to hinder any tourist from exploring the beauty that nature placed in the pearl of Africa. Book your dates very soon and visit Uganda.

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