Vaccines advised to ALL Cape Verde visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Cape Verde 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.

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 Cape Verde

Cape Verde on the West Coast of Africa is a country formed by a group of ten islands. Its inhabitants are known to be some of the richest, most well-educated and politically liberal on the continent. Cape Verde is a popular holiday destination both for tourists looking for a relaxing beach holiday in a luxury resort, and for those looking for a rural getaway in the country’s spectacular mountainous regions. The climate is warm and dry, so even during the rainy season from August to October you’re likely to experience plenty of sun.

If you’re visiting for the vast, unspoilt beaches of Cape Verdi, head to Santiago Island, where the capital city, Praia is located, along with the majority of the country’s population. The islands of Sal and Boa Vista are also popular with sun-lovers, with water-sports and villa resorts in abundance. For those looking for a quieter retreat, Brava Island is accessible only by boat, and makes for the perfect base for quiet contemplation. The rural São Nicolau is also a laid-back destination for those more interested in seeing mountains and agriculture than sun-loungers and cocktails.

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Action-packed trips to Cape Verdi can include kite-surfing, water-sports, hiking, volcano watching on Fogo and canyoning in Santo Antao. Visitors arriving early in the year from February to May will enjoy amazing whale-watching, while those who come from June to October are treated to the sight of nesting turtles on the sandy beaches.

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a very low risk of malaria throughout the country. Anti-malarial medication is nor normally advised.

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 Cape Verde. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Useful Vaccinations for Cape Verde

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: 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
Price

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Source: Insects
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: 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).
Disease: Leishmaniasis
Source: Sandfly
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +
Disease: Trypanosomiasis
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent

Additional Health Risks Information for Cape Verde

The crime rate in Cape Verde is generally low, however street crime and petty incidents do occur, particularly on the main tourist islands of Sal and Boa Vista. Keep your belongings with you at all times and avoid carrying large amounts of cash or expensive jewellery. Avoid walking around in unfamiliar areas after dark, and take the same basic precautions with regard to your personal safety as you would anywhere else.

If you’re hiring a car to get around your chosen Cape Verde island destination, the driving conditions are reasonable, and roads well-maintained. The rainy season from August to October can bring issues with flash flooding and landslides, so it’s advisable to check the local conditions before you set out. Tides and currents around the islands can be very strong, and the sea conditions often dangerous. If you’re swimming, diving or snorkelling, you should take particular care, and if you’re planning to travel by boat between the islands check local warnings and advice beforehand.

The largest hospitals are in Praia, on the main island of Santiago, and Mindelo, on the smaller Ilha de Sao Vincente. There are smaller facilities elsewhere although these may have limited supplies of equipment and medicines. The island of Boavista has particularly scarce resources for medical care. Cape Verde has been identified as at risk of the Zika virus outbreak.  It is advisable to visit a Travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines and advice before you travel.

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