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    • Summer Wilms commented on this trip

      I agree completely with Julia on the location.
      Shots and meds are definitely worth it, especially for such a short trip you wouldn't want to miss a single day due to illness. The most popular medications to prevent malaria, such as Malarone, doxycycline, or Lariam, can cause side effects (mostly nausea that you can counteract with a full stomach or nausea syrups) but not taking any meds can be much worse.
      I've had malaria 3 times since living in Africa and it is not fun. I've also had some of my clients (tourists) neglect to take their malaria pills and that meant a world of misery and at least 2 weeks of their trip that they couldn't enjoy.
      It is also worth seeing if you are required to have proof of a yellow fever vaccination to enter whichever country you end up in. There are some countries that will turn you away at the border if you don't have a yellow fever certificate. Both Morocco and Mauritania wanted to see mine when I last went through N.W. Africa. Your daughter will probably know if this is the case for Senegal.

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      Julia P commented on this trip

      Hi Don: quick thought. Visiting your daughter in Senegal will give you a window into her experience there that is really irreplaceable, totally worth any vaccinations necessary. Speaking from the heart as my best friend was in Peace Corps, and visiting her in Ukraine meant that I could understand a little more of her experience especially as she came back to the U.S.

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      Jason Flegel commented on this trip

      Given how much I love Spain, I find it difficult not to recommend going there. Senegal, however, will be a wholly different, equally awesome adventure.

      According to the CDC, there are some medical precautions you need to take, and some things you need to be aware of, when visiting:

      -Make sure you are up-to-date on your routine vaccinations: Flu, MMR, DPT, chickenpox and polio.
      -Look into getting Hepatitis-A vaccinations. This is the type that can be contracted through contaminated food or water.
      -Get vaccinated for Typhoid.
      -If you're old enough to have been vaccinated with a primary polio series, but have never gotten the recommended one-time booster, check with your physician about getting that.
      -Make sure that your Yellow Fever vaccine is up-to-date. You'll need proof of this one to enter the country.
      -If you're going to be doing anything that may bring you into contact with wild animals (beware of bats if you're going to be cave diving!), getting a rabies vaccination might not be a bad idea.

      The last big thing to watch out for is Malaria. Recommendations are wearing long sleeves, using mosquito nets, and applying repellent. There are also anti-malarial pills you can take. If you're interested in this, talk to a doctor. According to the CDC, the common drug Chloroquine is not effective in Senegal (something about the type of Malaria most common there. Apparently Malarial symptoms can take up to a week to present, but if you start experiencing flu-like symptoms during or after your trip, you should check with a doctor. Malaria is very serious.

      As always, you should talk to your doctor about all of this. Don't let any of that deter you from exploring; I just wanted to make sure you were informed!

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