Vaccines advised to ALL Cameroon visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Cameroon 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 Cameroon. 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 Cameroon

The diverse country of Cameroon in the west of Africa is often described as a ‘mini Africa’ in itself, due to its variety of religions, languages, terrains and wildlife. There are both French and English speaking regions, and areas of tropical rainforest, arid desert, active volcanoes, high mountains and white sandy beaches. Travel to and within Cameroon is much easier than in other parts of Africa, thanks to well-built roads and a reasonable public transport system.

Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, lies in the centre of the country. Here, you can visit the Limbe Botanic Garden, the Benedictine Museum and the National Museum of Yaounde, where you’ll gain an understanding of the life, history and culture of Cameroon. Adventure-seekers should make sure to head for Buea, the capital of the southwest region, from where you can climb Mount Cameroon, the highest mountain in West Africa and an active volcano. Visit in October to experience Tabaski, Cameroon’s largest festival, which is a three-day Muslim feast in honour of the Ram. A spectacular parade featuring horses, drumming and dancing takes place in the streets of the major town of Foumban, attracting thousands of visitors every year. From mountains to gorilla safaris, arts and crafts to traditional crab sorcery, Cameroon is a fabulous and fascinating destination which definitely offers something for everyone.

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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

British High Commission Yaounde
Avenue Winston Churchill,
P.O Box 547, Yaounde,
Yaounde
Centre Region
547
Cameroon

Email: bhc.yaounde@fco.gov.uk
Telephone: +237 22 22 07 96

Useful Vaccinations for Cameroon

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: 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
£50.00
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: 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 Cameroon

If you are planning a visit to Cameroon, you should avoid all but essential travel to the northern and extreme western areas of the country along the border with Chad and the Central African Republic. Most visits to the rest of Cameroon are considered to be generally safe, although you should remain vigilant about your personal safety at all times. Terrorist attacks are highly likely, and foreign tourists may be victims of petty and street crime in major towns and cities. While you’re out an about in public places, be careful about carrying jewellery or other valuables, and travel as part of a group with a guide if possible.

Major routes in Cameroon are of reasonable quality for travelling by road, but more rural roads are not well maintained and can cause difficulties. Try to travel during daylight hours, take emergency supplies of food and drink with you as well as sufficient fuel for your entire journey and a reliable means of summoning help if necessary.

Cameroon is a yellow fever and a high-risk malaria zone, so consult a travel clinic for all the necessary vaccines, malaria tablets and necessary travel health advice before travelling.

Medical facilities in Cameroon are limited, and they can be under-equipped offering a poor standard of treatment. Ensure that your travel insurance covers repatriation in the event of a serious illness or injury.

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