Travel Vaccinations for Ghana

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Ghana

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
Typhoid
From £60
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50

Vaccines Advised To Some Ghana Visitors

Meningitis ACWY + Certificate
From £70
Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Cholera (oral)
From £40
Rabies
From £75
There is a risk of Malaria in Ghana. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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Destination Information for Ghana

Ghana is located in West Africa and has so much to offer visitors. While on holiday and travelling around this beautiful country, make sure you enjoy some real African culture. A great place to visit when travelling in Ghana is the Magnori Eco-Village, where most of the homes are made of mud and locals cook food by an open fire. Ghana is hot and humid throughout the year but does have a dry season from November until April, while the wet season is April until June.

The Ghanaian capital of Accra has a traditional market to stroll around and enjoy. Stalls sell a variety of locally produced handcrafted goods; meaning you can take something a little different home from your holiday. In addition to plenty of forts and castles to visit, there are also some beautiful beaches, perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. Also, don’t forget to take in the breathtaking wildlife, visit the bars and restaurants, and try some local delicacies.

Travel vaccinations are essential when visiting Ghana, with a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate required upon entry to the country for anyone above 9 months old. It is also advisable to receive Hepatitis A, Typhoid along with tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccine. Ghana is a high-risk country for Rabies, Meningitis, hepatitis B and in places Cholera. Beside non-vaccine related illnesses. You should also be prepared for the risk of malaria, and at London Travel Clinic we provide a range of antimalarials, so make sure to book a consultation early to talk through your itinerary and complete vaccination schedules.

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 Ghana. 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

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 Ghana

If you’re planning a trip to Ghana which will last 90 days or longer, you will need to register with the National Identification Authority for a non-citizen Ghana card. While in the country you should carry a copy of your passport with you at all times, and keep the original document somewhere secure. Most visits to Ghana are safe and trouble-free. However, there are incidents of crime targeting tourists, especially theft and other street crime. The capital, Accra, is infamous for bag-snatching and pick-pocketing. Keep a close eye on your valuables at all times, avoid walking alone at night and if you’re driving you should keep car doors and windows locked.

Check specific local information for your Ghanaian destination to find out about any curfews, planned demonstrations or other restrictions in place that could affect your trip. Land disputes and political tensions can arise at any time; however, demonstrations are usually peaceful.

Ghana is high risk for malaria and Yellow fever; it is advisable to book an appointment at a travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines, medications and advice before you travel. Cholera is a risk throughout Ghana, with a recent outbreak in Accra, and areas in the north of the country. Drink only bottled water, and be cautious about food and drink preparation.

Outside of the main towns, medical facilities are inadequate. If you need anything other than basic treatment, it will be necessary to evacuate by air; ensure that you have travel insurance in place that will cover this

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