Travel Vaccinations for Gambia

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Gambia

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.

Hepatitis A - Adult
From £93
Yellow Fever + Certificate
From £83
Meningitis ACWY + Certificate
From £70
Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Cholera (oral)
From £40
Typhoid
From £60
Rabies
From £75
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50
There is a risk of Malaria in Gambia. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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Destination Information for 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.

Travel vaccinations are essential when visiting Gambia, with a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate required upon entry to the country for anyone above 9 months old arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. It is also advisable to receive the hepatitis A, tetanus, rabies & typhoid vaccine. Depending on where you visit, additional vaccines may be required such as meningitis ACWY and Cholera. There is a high risk of malaria in Gambia so book an appointment at a travel clinic to find out exactly what you need.

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:

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.

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

Rift Valley fever

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.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is primarily spread to humans either by infected ticks or animal blood. Human-to-human transmission can also occur resulting from close contact with the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of an infected person.

West Nile virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

African tick bite fever

Bacterial infection from bite from infected ticks. Most common between April-November and in rural, camping and hiking areas. Causes redness around site of bite and symptoms usually within 2 weeks, such as fever, muscle pain, headache and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Leishmaniasis

A parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (the most common): Causes skin lesions, mainly ulcers on exposed parts of the body, causing scars and serious disability. 90% of cases are in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis (the most dangerous): Causes enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and irregular bouts of fever. Highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucotaneous (the least common): Causes partial or total destruction of the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat. Most cases are found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis, also called bilharzia, is an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in fresh water in subtropical and tropical regions. Avoid swimming in fresh water rivers, streams and lakes if you can. You often don't have any symptoms at first, but after a few weeks may develop a rash, high temperature, cough, diarrhoea and joint pain. Schistosomiasis can usually be treated successfully with a short course of a medication that kills the worms.

Trypanosomiasis

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which is only found in rural Africa. Initial symptoms include severe headache, insomnia, enlarged lymph nodes, anaemia and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Additional Health Risks Information for 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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