Vaccines advised to ALL Liberia visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Liberia 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 Liberia. 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 Liberia

The small coastal nation of Liberia is not known as a tourist destination, due to political unrest, civil war and a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus. This all looks set to change, however: the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance named Liberia to be the most improved country on the continent, and the World Health Organisation has now declared the nation to be officially Ebola-free. Now that travel restrictions have been lifted, Liberia can begin the long road to recovery.

Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, and the largest and most densely-populated city, is the first port of call for most visitors to the country. Here you can explore the history of Liberia at the National Museum and experience first-hand the new, up-and-coming energy that infuses Liberia. There are also plenty of beaches around the capital for those wishing to relax. Further up the coast, the town of Robertsport offers a beachside campsite, with excellent surfing for adventure-loving travellers.

There is only one national park in Liberia, Sapo, in the south of the country. It’s safest to travel here with an organised tour, and if you do you’ll be rewarded by the sight of forest elephants, chimpanzees, antelopes, pigmy hippos and much more, in one of the few remaining areas of primary rainforest in Africa.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British embassy in Liberia:

British Embassy Monrovia
Leone Compound, 12th Street Beach-side,
Sinkor,
Monrovia
Liberia

Email: ukemb.liberia@gmail.com
Telephone: +231-(0)77530320

Useful Vaccinations for Liberia

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
£32.00
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
£32.00
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
£32.00
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
£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
£70.00
Disease: Cholera
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

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

Course
2 doses
Price
£32.50
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
Price
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: Filariasis
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Leishmaniasis
Source: Sandfly
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
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).
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +
Disease: Brucellosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid eating or drinking unpasteurized milk, cheese, or ice cream (including queso fresco)
Disease: Leptospirosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid swallowing flood waters or water from lakes, rivers, and swamps. Avoid wading in flooded areas, especially if you have any cuts or abrasions
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 Liberia

Previously, travel to Liberia has been advised against by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, however this is no longer the case, and there are currently no restrictions on visiting the country. Since June 2016 Liberia has been declared transmission free following the recent Ebola outbreak, however medical facilities have been severely stretched and depleted following the outbreak. Standards of care here are not of the same level as you would expect to find in the UK, and in rural areas are extremely basic. There are no emergency services in Liberia, so ensure you carry a well-stocked first aid kit, and a full supply of any regular prescription medication you require.

Liberia 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.

Outside of the capital Monrovia, assistance from consuls and authorities may be limited, so seek specialist advice if you’re planning a trip here. There can occasionally be protests and violence arising from land disputes, and around rubber plantations due to illegal rubber tapping. Avoid travelling in these areas if you can. Crime levels in the country as a whole are high, including armed robbery and organised crime. Take extra care over your personal security. Visitors to Liberia are advised to travel as part of an organised group. If you’re in the country for work, stay in contact with your employer, and take advice from your host organisation regarding travel, accommodation and other aspects of your trip.

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