Vaccines advised to ALL The Gambia visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME The Gambia 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 The Gambia. 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 The Gambia

With around 10 hours a day of sunshine throughout the year, Gambia is a stunning country to visit and it has a laid back atmosphere where things just ‘go with the flow’. If you want a relaxing holiday where you don’t have a care in the world, head to Gambia. Relax on the beautiful beach and soak up the scorching sun which will reach temperatures of around 35-40°C degrees. February and March tend to be the warmest and driest months of the year while August is the wettest.

Choosing what you want from your travels will depend on where you want to go. If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing time, Cape Point has a stunning beach where you can sit with your book under a palm tree. Another great beach to explore is Bijilo Beach. The country also has 540 different species of birds, some you will find out in the open and others will be flying around hotel grounds. All in all Gambia is a beautiful country to visit with lots to see and do. It is a perfect place for relaxation and sightseeing that will leave you feeling refreshed.

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Malaria and regions within country:

There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria in the whole of Gambia. It is advisable to take the necessary precautions to prevent being infected with the disease.

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

British Embassy Banjul

48 Atlantic Road
Fajara
PO Box 507
Banjul
Gambia

Email: UKinTheGambia@fco.gov.uk
Telephone: +220 4494508/4495134/4495133

Visa Section
48 Atlantic Road
Fajara
PO Box 507
Banjul
Gambia

Email: Accra.visa.corr@fco.gov.uk
Telephone: +220 4494508/4495134/4495133

Useful Vaccinations for The Gambia

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: 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: 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: 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: Japanese Encephalitis
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

A course of two IXIARO injections over 28 days.

Course
2 doses
Price
£90.00
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: 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: 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
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +

Additional Health Risks Information for The Gambia

Travelling to and around The Gambia is generally considered safe for tourists who take sensible precautions about their security, as you would anywhere else in the world. Crime against tourists is increasing, including the theft of passports and valuables. Make use of hotel safes where available, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash, particularly when on the beach. Be aware that the rainy season in Gambia is from May to October, and during this time roads can become flooded or impassable. Check the local conditions before you set out on any journey.

Medical facilities in Gambia are limited. There are private clinics available, but these will expect payment in advance of treatment, even in an emergency, and fees can be very high. Ensure that you have adequate insurance in place which covers medical evacuation if necessary, and available funds to pay for any emergency treatment you may require. Gambia 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. If you need prescription medication, take a full supply with you, along with the prescription itself and the original packaging for your medicines. Gambia has very strict laws regarding drugs.

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