Vaccines advised to ALL Burkina Faso visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Burkina Faso 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 Burkina Faso. 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 Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is an excellent destination for anyone interested in seeing a beautiful African country, culture and music. Tourism is not yet well-developed, but the welcome you’ll receive by the native people, the Burkinabé, is so warm and charming, you’ll feel at home straight away. The main language spoken in the big cities is French, and English is virtually unknown. Most people will speak a mixture of French and Dioula dialect.

Situated in West Africa, bordering Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso is rich in culture and tradition. Burkina Faso is known as the home of music in West Africa, and there are a number of festivals and celebrations throughout the year where reggae, salsa, soukous and traditional bands play.  The Arts and Masks Festival in Dédougou, the capital city of the Mouhoun Province in the west of the country, is a particularly stunning sight – taking place every two years, where hundreds of masked dancers from across West Africa perform. Take a trip to Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso’s largest cities, to sample traditional crafts, traditions and celebrations like no other!

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There’s also plenty to see and explore in this beautiful country. Ride a camel out from Gorum Gorum and spend a night in the desert, hike alongside breathtaking waterfalls at Banfora, or take a walk on the wild side at the crocodile lakes outside of Ouaga.

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country.

Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:

Doxycycline OR Atovaquone/Proguanil OR Mefloquine

If these medications are deemed unsuitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used, but is considerably less effective.

Vaccine Information for Burkina Faso

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
£50.00
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
£50.00
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
£50.00
Disease: Typhoid
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • Typhim Vi, single dose injection
  • Vivotif, 3 capsules
  • Viatim, single dose injection of Hepatitis A & Typhoid combined
Course
1 dose
Price
£60.00
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
£83.00
Disease: Cholera
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

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

Course
2 doses
Price
£40.00
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: 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
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00
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: Dengue Fever
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 Burkina Faso

Travel to the northern and south-eastern parts of Burkina Faso is advised against in all circumstances by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. You should only travel to the rest of the country if strictly necessary. This is due to a high risk of terrorist attacks, kidnapping and attacks on the police and security services.  There is also a risk of armed groups, car-jacking and street crime, so if you do visit the country take extreme care, and do so only as part of an organised tour with an experienced guide.

Burkina Faso 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. Medical facilities in Burkina Faso are limited, and hard to find outside of the major cities. If you are seriously unwell or injured you may need to be evacuated for treatment outside of the country, so ensure that your travel insurance covers this. The rainy season is from June to October, and during this time there is an increased likelihood of floods and landslides, making travel on the already poorly-maintained roads even more difficult. Check the local conditions for your specific destination before you travel.

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