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.
Travel Vaccinations for Gabon
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Gabon
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.
Vaccines Advised To Some Gabon Visitors
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Destination Information for Gabon
Lying on the equator in Western Central Africa, the small and relatively wealthy country of Gabon is a popular safari destination, thanks to its stable and peaceful political climate unlike some countries in the region. The only western-like city in Gabon is Libreville, the country’s capital, found on the Northwest coast. When walking the streets of Libreville you’ll be able to enjoy smart restaurants, well-built roads and clean streets in abundance, but nothing disguises the heart of African culture seen in the bustling markets and crowded residential areas.
Outside of Libreville, much of Gabon is given over to lush tropical vegetation and beautiful white beaches. If you’re on a wildlife safari, you’re likely to encounter gorillas, panthers, parrots and elephants, amongst other species. If you’re looking for a base from which to experience all the country has to offer, the village of Nyonie is close to the beach and within easy reach of driving and walking safari tours.
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:
- Food and water hygiene
- Insect and animal bite avoidances
- Personal safety
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Sun protection
- Altitude sickness
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is advised.
Additional Health Risks Information for Gabon
If you’re planning a trip to Gabon you should be highly vigilant about your personal safety at all times. Although it is rare for violent crime to target tourists, incidences of theft, pickpocketing, mugging and armed attacks are increasingly common. Take care in in unfamiliar areas, and avoid them completely at night. Libreville is the main tourist area, and visitors are advised to avoid displaying or carrying valuables such as cameras, jewellery or large amounts of cash.
Driving in Gabon can be difficult, especially during the rainy season from May to October. Roads are not well-maintained and may become impassable. There are police checkpoints in place throughout the country, and it is advisable to carry copies of your passport, visa and any other required documentation.
Other than in Libreville, medical facilities are limited, and especially in rural areas. Take a first aid kit with you, and take sensible precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos and ticks, wear clothing to cover your arms and legs, use 50% deet insect repellent and nets, especially if you are sleeping in tents or huts. Gabon is 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.