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 Gambia
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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:
- 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 in the whole of Gambia. It is advisable to take the necessary precautions to prevent being infected with the disease.
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.