- Tanzanian- or foreign-operated?
- Expensive or affordable?
- Minimal support or full-on luxury climb?
- Ethical or terrible?
Once we had decided for sure that we were going, I made an appointment at the Barnes-Jewish Travel Clinic to talk about immunizations. My doctor there was Dr. Susana Lazarte and she was so excited, encouraging, and concerned about getting my immunizations right. As is standard protocol for international travelers, we reviewed the CDC's recommendations for Tanzania and compared them to my expected itinerary and activities as well as my health history. Based on all of these factors, we decided on an medication schedule of
- Hepatitis A vaccine (injection, 0 & 6 months)
- Hepatitis B vaccine (injection, 0, 1, & 6 months)
- Typhoid vaccine (oral Rx, 8 days)
- Tetanus booster (injection, 1-time)
- Flu booster (injection, 1-time)
- Malaria pills (Rx, 3.5-7 weeks depending on drug selection)
- Diarrhea pills (Rx, for use only with symptoms)
- don't eat fresh vegetables (cooked are okay)
- don't eat fruit with the skin on, wash and peel everything
- even bottled water can be dangerous, make sure shops are honest
- boil/treat non-bottled water
- wash hands a lot and bring disinfectant
- don't swim in streams
- don't have sex with anyone
|Those are Hep A/B and tetanus. Flu is on the other arm.|