Vaccines advised to ALL Guinea-Bissau visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Guinea-Bissau 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 Guinea-Bissau. 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 Guinea-Bissau

The former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau is on the West coast of Africa bordered by Senegal and Guinea. This is a cheerful and laid-back country with a Latin feel to it, and is one of only a few African countries to celebrate carnival time. The streets of the capital, Bissau are filled with music and dancing each February, and if you’re visiting to experience true African culture and joie de vivre, this is the time to do so! Bissau is easy to navigate and offers plenty in the way of bars and restaurants for those wishing to sample local life.

Guinea-Bissau is the ideal destination from which to explore the Bijagós Archipelago, which is just off the coast. This is a UNESCO listed National Park, famous for its rare pygmy hippos, as well as sea life including sharks, manatees and turtles. Inland is the busy market town of Gabú, with nightclubs, bars and hotels, making for a convenient place to stop if you’re travelling to or from the coastal areas. Guinea-Bissau is warm all year round, although there is a rainy season between June and October, and the country typically experiences drought between December and April.

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Malaria and regions within country:

There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is recommended.

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

There is no British embassy in Guinea Bissau. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Vaccine Information for Guinea-Bissau

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: 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: 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: 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: Cholera
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A course of two Dukoral tablets, which is administered orally.

Course
2 doses
Price
£40.00
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: Meningococcal Meningitis
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single dose of Menveo vaccinates against Meningitis ACWY. Patients who have this vaccination will receive a certificate.

Course
1 dose
Price
Per Dose ££70.00
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
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00
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
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50%+Deet insect repellent
Disease: Chikungunya
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Dengue Fever
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50%+ Deet insect repellent
Disease: Filariasis
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Leishmaniasis
Source: Sandfly
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).
Disease: Brucellosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid eating or drinking unpasteurized milk, cheese, or ice cream (including queso fresco)
Disease: Schistosomiasis
Source: Parasitic Flatworms in fresh water ponds, lakes, rivers and canals
Our Advice: Avoid swimming or wading in freshwater. Drink safe water
Disease: Trypanosomiasis
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent

Additional Health Risks Information for Guinea-Bissau

Visits to Guinea Bissau are currently considered safe for foreigners, but bear in mind that the political situation in the country is unstable, and that the security status could change at any time. Parliamentary elections are due to take place in 2018. Although crime rates in Guinea Bissau are low, the country is extremely poor, so carrying large amounts of cash or obvious valuables such as cameras or jewellery could draw attention to you and make you a potential target.

Throughout Guinea Bissau there is a potential risk from landmines. De-mining is currently taking place, and the capital Bissau has been declared mine-free although you should stick to main roads if venturing anywhere outside of the capital.

Medical facilities in Guinea Bissau are limited, with those hospitals and clinics that do exist not always being operational. Cholera is a risk especially in the rainy season, drink only bottled water, and be cautious about food and drink preparation.

Guinea Bissau 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.

It has also been identified as being at risk from the Zika virus outbreak, which is transmitted by mosquitos and has no vaccine, use 50% deet insect repellent for insect bite prevention. The virus can cause birth defects in unborn babies. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant you should not visit Guinea Bissau.

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