Vaccines advised to ALL Benin visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Benin visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

There is a risk of Malaria in Benin. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Destination Information for Benin

The small nation of Benin is full of natural beauty, rich traditions and cultures, and a complex and curious history. It’s situated between Togo and Nigeria, and its southern coastline includes what was formerly known as the ‘slave coast’, from where captives were shipped away to be sold. Benin is also known as the birthplace of Voodoo, and the country celebrates with an annual Voodoo Day. Visit from November-February for warm, dry weather with prime wildlife-watching.

Visitors to Benin will find plenty to do and see in this vibrant and fascinating land. The country boasts the Parc National de la Pendjari, one of the finest and best-known wildlife parks in West Africa. Tourists can see lions, elephants, cheetahs and many more species in their natural habitats. With a range of accommodation options and reasonable transport throughout the country, Benin welcomes guests looking to explore and understand the life and history of this incredible place.

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Malaria and regions within country:

There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is advised.

Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:

Doxycycline OR Atovaquone/Proguanil OR Mefloquine

If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

There is no British embassy in Benin. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Useful Vaccinations for Benin

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Yellow Fever
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

Travellers to areas at risk may require a single dose injection of Stamaril. Nearly all affected countries require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination in the form of an International Certificate of Vaccination before they allow a traveller to enter. Failure to provide a valid certificate can lead to a traveller being quarantined, immunised or denied entry.

Course
1 dose
Price
£70.00
Disease: Cholera
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A course of two Dukoral tablets, which is administered orally.

Course
2 doses
Price
£32.50
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Meningococcal Meningitis
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single dose of Menveo vaccinates against Meningitis ACWY. Patients who have this vaccination will receive a certificate.

Course
Price
Disease: Rabies
Source: Animal to person
Vaccination Details

A course of three injections of the vaccine (Rabies BP or Rabipur) will cover against Rabies and is recommended. In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Course
Price
Disease: Malaria
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

There are a range of different anti-malarial tablets that will be prescribed to travellers based on several factors, including: destination, medical history, family history, current medications, previous problems with anti-malarial tablets, age and pregnancy.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50%+Deet insect repellent
Disease: Chikungunya
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Filariasis
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Leishmaniasis
Source: Sandfly
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +
Disease: Brucellosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid eating or drinking unpasteurized milk, cheese, or ice cream (including queso fresco)
Disease: Leptospirosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid swallowing flood waters or water from lakes, rivers, and swamps. Avoid wading in flooded areas, especially if you have any cuts or abrasions
Disease: Schistosomiasis
Source: Parasitic Flatworms in fresh water ponds, lakes, rivers and canals
Our Advice: Avoid swimming or wading in freshwater. Drink safe water
Disease: Trypanosomiasis
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent

Additional Health Risks Information for Benin

Medical facilities in Benin, particularly in rural areas, are poor. If you have an accident or become seriously unwell it will be necessary to be evacuated for treatment elsewhere, so ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place. It is common to find water-borne diseases including cholera, so take sensible precautions including drinking only bottled water, taking care over the preparation of fruit and vegetables, and exercising good personal hygiene.  Benin is a yellow fever and a high risk malaria zone, so consult a travel clinic for all the necessary vaccines, malaria tablets and travel health advice before travelling.

Foreign visitors can often be a target for petty crime and scams, including pickpocketing and online fraud. More serious crime including robbery, car-jacking and muggings also occur, especially in the capital Cotonou. Be vigilant about your personal safety, and be especially aware of locals who appear too friendly or helpful, offering romance or employment opportunities.

During the rainy season flooding can affect the road network, which is often poorly maintained and difficult to use. If you’re driving you should check your route before you travel, and ensure that you have enough fuel for the entire journey as there are often unexpected shortages.

 

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