Vaccines advised to ALL Comoros visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Comoros 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 Comoros. 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 Comoros

The remote cluster of islands that make up Comoros, off the East coast of Africa are a charming paradise of white sandy beaches, tropical rainforest and desert landscapes. The Comoros Islands are sometimes nicknamed ‘Cloud Coup Coup’, as the country has experienced 20 coups or coup attempts since it gained independence from France in 1975. The official languages are French and Arabic, although most locals speak their own language, known as Shikomor (Comorian), and each of the islands has its own dialect. Due to the relative isolation of Comoros, this can be an expensive place to visit, but it’s well worth the trip to experience a complete contrast to a typical beach holiday!

If walking and trekking is your thing, head to Grande Comore, the largest of the islands and home to Mt Karthala, the largest active volcano in the world. It erupts on average once every 11 years, the last time being in December 2005. The spectacular landscape created by the volcanic eruptions makes for a hiking experience unlike any other. Grande Comore is also the most developed of the Comoros Islands, and is the destination of choice for romantic couples looking for an idyllic beach escape.

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The smallest island, Mohéli, is popular with fans of wildlife and marine mammals, with snorkelling in the colourful coral reefs and dolphin and whale watching in abundance. Anjouan Island is often referred to as the ‘pearl of the Comoros’, thanks to its exotic and beautiful landscape. The fourth island Mayotte is still under French administration. It offers the same beautiful sandy beaches and excellent water sports, with a French feel.

Malaria and regions within country:

The Comoros islands have a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout. Anti-malarial medication is always 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 Comoros. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Useful Vaccinations for Comoros

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: 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: 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: Trypanosomiasis
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent

Additional Health Risks Information for Comoros

The Comoros Islands are generally considered to be a safe place to visit, with low crime levels and no recent terrorism-related incidents. If you’re travelling by sea there is a threat from piracy, particularly off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden. There is a designated High Risk Area, which you should not enter. Visitors to the Comoros Islands shouldn’t be too complacent despite the low crime levels, and take sensible precautions to keep themselves and their belongings safe from pickpockets and muggers. Avoid walking in unlit areas at night, and travel as part of a group if possible.

All three islands of Comoros is high risk for malaria, it is advisable to visit a Travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines, medications and advice before you travel.

The islands can be affected by tropical cyclones at certain times during the year. The active volcano, Karthala, on Grande Comore most recently erupted in 2007. Although there is no information about an imminent eruption, it’s advisable to check local information and news before making a trip to the island.

Medical facilities on all of the three Comoros Islands are limited, and affected by frequent interruptions to the power and water supplies. Carry a good supply of any prescription medication you need, and ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place.

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