Vaccines advised to ALL Ghana visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Ghana 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 Ghana. 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 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.

Do you need vaccinations for Ghana? Yes, in most cases you will need to get vaccinations when you visit Ghana. It’s also worth noting that a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required on arrival from all travellers 9 months of age and older.

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Meningococcal Meningitis in Ghana

An outbreak of meningococcal meningitis is ongoing in the Upper West Region of Ghana. As of 5 April 2015, 205 cases with 23 deaths have been reported nationally. The causative micro-organisms in the outbreak have yet to be isolated; laboratory results are awaited.

Advice for Travellers

In Ghana, the meningococcal season generally runs from Dec-Jun. Immunisation is available for those considered to be at risk:

  • Travellers who are likely to have close, prolonged contact with the local population.
  • Long stay travellers.
  • Those visiting friends and relatives.
  • Those who will be exposed to crowded areas (eg. stadia, schools, hospitals.)
  • Travellers visiting an area affected by an ongoing outbreak or epidemic.

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.

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 High Commission Accra

Osu Link
off Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue
PO Box 296
Accra
Ghana

Email: High.Commission.Accra@fco.gov.uk
Telephone: + 233 302 213 250
Passport Adviceline: + 44 300 222 0000
Fax: + 233 30 2213 274
Fax Visa Section: + 233 30 2221 715

Vaccine Information for Ghana

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
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
£50.00
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
£50.00
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
£50.00
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
£83.00
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: 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
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00
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
£60.00
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
Disease: Schistosomiasis
Source: Parasitic Flatworms in fresh water ponds, lakes, rivers and canals
Our Advice: Avoid swimming or wading in freshwater. Drink safe water

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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