Vaccines advised to ALL Ethiopia visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Ethiopia 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 Ethiopia. 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 Ethiopia

Ethiopia, found on the Horn of Africa, is the second most populated country in Africa, and the oldest independent country on the continent. Ethiopia is a dramatic, extreme and adventure-filled country, filled with incredible wildlife and historical treasures. Ethiopia has much to offer for visitors not least the scientific communities belief that this country could be the cradle of mankind. The ancient Ge’ez script, which is also known as Ethiopic is one of the oldest alphabets still in use.

The natural attractions of the country include not only the arid desert vista’s with which we’re likely familiar, but also beautiful mountains, lakes and waterfalls. As we previously mentioned both historians and scientists believe that Ethiopia was home to the beginning of mankind, and fossils of some of the oldest humans to be found, which are 3.5 million years old, were discovered in the north of the country. If you’re out for adventure, make sure you visit the volcanic lake in the Danakil Depression, said to be the hottest and most inhospitable place on earth! Ethiopia’s capital, the city of Addis Ababa in the Entoto Mountains is the starting point for most tourists. From here you can join organised tours to see some of the spectacular views and ancient religious sites, from castles to hidden tombs.

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Addis Ababa is also where you’ll find the National Museum and the Ethnological Museum, with enough to see to satisfy the most curious of travellers. For those wanting to experience the wild side of Ethiopia, head to the Bale Mountains National Park, a stunning landscape with incredible views and a dense concentration of wildlife. While you’re in the country, make sure you sample a cup of fresh coffee – it’s here that the humble coffee bean was first discovered!

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a high risk of P.Falciparum and P.Vivax malaria throughout the country, excluding the city of Addis Ababa where there is no risk. In high risk areas 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.

Measles in Ethiopia

Measles is an ongoing problem in Ethiopia despite Government mass immunization campaigns. In 2014,large numbers of measles cases continue to occur. More than 15 500 suspected cases were reported from 249 districts of the country, of those, 8625 were confirmed as positive for measles.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British Embassy Addis Ababa
Comoros Street
Addis Ababa
Postal address:
PO Box 858
Ethiopia

Email: Britishembassy.addisababa@fco.gov.uk
Telephone: +251 11 661 2354

Useful Vaccinations for Ethiopia

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 Ethiopia

Travellers planning a trip to Ethiopia should avoid visiting areas close to the border, and certain areas of the Somali region, due to the possibility of violent clashes, protests and border disputes. In all other areas of the country you should travel with extreme caution, and as part of a group if possible. There are official and unofficial roadblocks in place throughout Ethiopia, and while foreigners are not usually the target of violence, it is easy to get caught up.  Some parts of Ethiopia are high risk for malaria and Yellow fever, it is advisable to visit a Travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines, medications and advice before you travel.

The heat of Ethiopia and difficult terrain in many areas make travelling by road difficult. Vehicles and roads are not well maintained. You should always carry enough fuel for your entire journey, along with plenty of food, fresh drinking water and a well-stocked medical kit. It’s recommended to take a satellite telephone in case of emergency. Never leave your vehicle unattended.

Addis Ababa is home to a number of public hospitals, but the standard of treatment is poor in all except private clinics. Water-borne diseases such as cholera and bilharzia are common. Make sure that you have all recommended vaccinations before you travel, and that you have adequate insurance in place which covers medical evacuation if necessary.

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