Vaccines advised to ALL Djibouti visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Djibouti 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 Djibouti. 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 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.

 

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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.

Malaria and regions within country:

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

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 Djibouti. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Useful Vaccinations for Djibouti

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: 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: 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: 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 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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