They have a lot of diseases in Africa that kill a lot of people. For many, there are vaccines, but you and I don't need them because the incidences of, say, yellow fever, is virtually zero where I live.
For our upcoming trip, we need a bunch of vaccines and prophalaxes, and of course, since most are not needed here, they're not covered by Canadian health insurance. However, many doctors and the Provincial Health Clinics themselves have travel clinics and specialists that you can pay to access. This is good, because we need info on how to manage the risks of:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Diphtheria, Polio & Tetanus (DPT vaccines are actually given here, and we got a booster last fall since we're at risk for tetanus in our volunteer work).
- Typhoid fever
- Yellow Fever