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Travel Vaccinations for Djibouti

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Djibouti

A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.

Hepatitis A - Adult
From £93
Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Cholera (oral)
From £40
Typhoid
From £60
Rabies
From £75
Yellow Fever + Certificate
From £83
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50
There is a risk of Malaria in Djibouti. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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Destination Information for Djibouti

The tiny country of Djibouti lies on the coast of East Africa, and it’s recently been touted as ‘Africa’s hottest new travel destination’. It’s situated on the point where three tectonic plates meet, and this makes for an unusual and extremely beautiful landscape. The coastal plain with its stunning blue seas and skies is contrasted with a dry, arid land of extinct volcanoes and mountainous plateaus.

The summer months are extremely hot and humid, although a breeze blowing in from the Red Sea makes life more pleasant in the country’s capital, the city of Djibouti. Although the country is relatively undeveloped in terms of tourism, it’s a big draw for adventure-seekers, thanks to the adrenaline-pumping sports and activities on offer. Snorkel with whale sharks in the Gulf of Tadjoura, trek on the dormant Ardoukoba volcano and get involved in the abundant opportunities for hiking, diving and kitesurfing.

Lake Abhe, on the border with Ethiopia, was used as the landscape for the ‘Forbidden Zone’ in  Planet of the Apes, and it’s this other-worldliness which makes Djibouti so special. You’ll find it a more satisfying (and cost-effective) experience to visit bars and restaurants frequented by locals, rather than the marked-up tourist traps in the capital. The people of Djibouti are welcoming, and you will truly be sampling a different kind of African lifestyle to other, more popular, tourist destinations.

Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:

Malaria and regions within country:

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

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

Rift Valley fever

Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an acute, fever-causing viral disease that usually affects domesticated animals (such as cattle and sheep), but can also infect and cause illness in humans. The majority of human infections are caused by direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is primarily spread to humans either by infected ticks or animal blood. Human-to-human transmission can also occur resulting from close contact with the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of an infected person.

West Nile virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

African tick bite fever

Bacterial infection from bite from infected ticks. Most common between April-November and in rural, camping and hiking areas. Causes redness around site of bite and symptoms usually within 2 weeks, such as fever, muscle pain, headache and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Leishmaniasis

A parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (the most common): Causes skin lesions, mainly ulcers on exposed parts of the body, causing scars and serious disability. 90% of cases are in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis (the most dangerous): Causes enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and irregular bouts of fever. Highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucotaneous (the least common): Causes partial or total destruction of the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat. Most cases are found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis, also called bilharzia, is an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in fresh water in subtropical and tropical regions. Avoid swimming in fresh water rivers, streams and lakes if you can. You often don't have any symptoms at first, but after a few weeks may develop a rash, high temperature, cough, diarrhoea and joint pain. Schistosomiasis can usually be treated successfully with a short course of a medication that kills the worms.

Trypanosomiasis

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which is only found in rural Africa. Initial symptoms include severe headache, insomnia, enlarged lymph nodes, anaemia and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Additional Health Risks Information for Djibouti

Most areas of Djibouti are considered safe for visitors except the area along the country’s border with Eritrea, to which all travel is advised against. If you’re heading to rural areas or anywhere other than the capital city, also called Djibouti, be aware of the possibility of armed bandits. Travel in a convoy if possible, and avoid making any trips after dark. Risks are also heightened by the possibility of animals on the road, poorly maintained roads and a lack of lights on vehicles.

Djibouti is in an area with active volcanoes and earthquakes are common. Seek local advice for the correct procedure to keep yourself safe in the event of a natural disaster.

If possible when planning the timing of your trip, bear in mind the weather and climate at certain times of the year. From May to October Djibouti is extremely hot and dry, with drought conditions. Local services may be difficult to find along with sufficient food and water. Visitors to Djibouti should be prepared to be self-sufficient, with basic medical services few and far between. Take a well-stocked first aid kit with you to enable you to self-treat minor injuries and illnesses, and ensure that you have suitable travel insurance in place. Djibouti is high risk for malaria, it is advisable to visit a Travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines, medications and advice before you travel.

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