Vaccines advised to ALL French Guiana visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME French Guiana 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 French Guiana. 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 French Guiana

French Guiana, on the Northeast of South America, is an overseas region of France that was first settled by the French in 1604. It is the only part of mainland South America that is still governed by an overseas country. The landscape of French Guiana is mainly tropical rainforest, separated from neighbouring Brazil and Suriname by the rivers of Oyapock to the East and Maroni to the West. The capital city is Cayenne, which is home to the ruins of the 17th-century Fort Cépérou. Cayenne is a pretty city of colourful houses and street markets, with a plethora of excellent restaurants serving a variety of delicious cuisines.

One of the most famous sites in French Guiana is the notorious penal camp for political prisoners, Devil’s Island, the horrors of which were recreated in Henri Charriere’s book, Papillon. Today, visitors can take a tour of the ruins on the Iles du Salut. Along the coast from the capital is Kourou, the launch site for the European Space Programme.

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Most of French Guiana’s towns and settlements are along the coast, with jungle and rainforest further inland. There is plenty of wildlife to see here for visitors interested in the natural attractions of the country, including laying sea turtles on the beach at Remire-Montjoly, as well as colourful parrots and monkeys.

As a French region, the currency of French Guiana is the Euro and prices are similar to those you may find in Europe, so this is not a budget destination! Urban areas have plenty of hotels available, or for an authentic experience, rent a basic hut by the river and explore the country from your rainforest base.

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 French Guiana. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Vaccine Information for French Guiana

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
£50.00
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
£50.00
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
£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
£83.00
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
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00
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
£60.00
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
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
Disease: Schistosomiasis
Source: Parasitic Flatworms in fresh water ponds, lakes, rivers and canals
Our Advice: Avoid swimming or wading in freshwater. Drink safe water
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 French Guiana

As with any country, you should take sensible precautions regarding your personal safety when you’re visiting French Guiana. Avoid going to isolated areas after dark, and don’t openly carry valuables or large amounts of cash. The crime levels here are not high, although it does occur.

French Guiana is affected by the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should not travel to French Guiana. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitos, as many of the non-vaccinated diseases are contracted in this way. Wear clothing which covers as much of your body as possible, use a repellent cream or spray, and sleep with a net over you if there is a risk of insects in your sleeping area. To avoid food poisoning or other nasty travel illnesses, drink only bottled water, and be vigilant about food hygiene. Medical care in French Guiana is limited, with no services outside of urban areas.

During the rainy season between December and July there may be a risk of hurricanes or tropical storms causing flooding. Always check the weather conditions before heading out, wear suitable clothing and know how to summon help if necessary.

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