Vaccines advised to ALL Libya visitors

Vaccination
Course
Per Dose

Vaccines advised to SOME Libya 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 Libya. 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 Libya

Travel to Libya, in North Africa, is currently not advised due to civil and political unrest. This is a great shame, as the country has much to offer, and traditional Libyan hospitality is legendary – visitors in the past have been shown a warm welcome by locals. When the situation is more stable and the country’s tourism industry is more established, Libya looks set to become a great destination for anyone interested in African history, or for sun-seekers looking for a beautiful coastal spot to stay.

Libya is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, highlighting the country’s varied history, as well as the present situation. It has previously been governed by Greek, Roman and Italian rule. This would make a fabulous base from which to explore the vast Sahara Desert, a land of sand dunes and palm-fringed oases. The capital, Tripoli, on the coast and close to the border with Tunisia, is within easy reach of beaches and is the best place to discover the traditional history and craftsmanship of the country.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

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

British Embassy

British embassy in Libya:

British Embassy Tripoli
24th Floor
Tripoli Towers (formerly Bourj al-Fateh)
Tripoli
Libya

Email address for consular enquiries: tripoliconsular@fco.gov.uk
Telephone: +218 (0)21 335 1084/5/6

Useful Vaccinations for Libya

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: 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: 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: 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: Brucellosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid eating or drinking unpasteurized milk, cheese, or ice cream (including queso fresco)
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: Leishmaniasis
Source: Sandfly
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
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +

Additional Health Risks Information for Libya

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advises against all travel to Libya. Any British nationals in the country should make arrangements to leave immediately. The security situation in the country is extremely fragile, fighting and violence is commonplace and the risk of terrorist attacks is extreme. Although the authorities in Libya are working to restore stability, this is not yet a reality. If you choose to travel to Libya against official advice, you should take all available security precautions, and ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance in place.

A Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged over 9 months arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Malaria is not normally present.

If you’re in Libya and require medical help, you are most likely to be able to receive treatment in Tripoli, where there are private healthcare clinics. Otherwise you may be evacuated to mainland Europe. Medical facilities and treatment in rural areas of Libya is not available, and even air ambulances organised by your travel insurance or another international provider may not be authorised to make a rescue.

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