Vaccines advised to ALL Mali visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Mali 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 Mali. 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 Mali

The African country of Mali is home to some incredible sights and scenery, as well as the famous historical city of Timbuktu. Its capital, Bamako, is the fastest growing city in Africa, and is known as the music capital of West Africa – some of the world’s best musicians hail from Mali. Situated on the banks of the River Niger and boasting a fascinating mix of various architectural styles, Bamako truly is the beating heart of Mali.

Timbuktu is famed for its intellectual history and a long tradition as a trading outpost dating back centuries and helping the then thriving trade in salt and gold. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and tourist destination thanks to its reputation and although it is perhaps no longer as grand as it once was, it still oozes history. You can see the three great mosques of Mali here, serving as reminders of the significance of Timbuktu’s history, although please be aware non-Muslims are not permitted entry to these mosques at this time. Timbuktu’s name has come to be a metaphor for distant, exotic and inaccessible places.

Don’t miss out on a visit to Dogon Country, a mysterious landscape of Cliffside villages, where the people have deliberately isolated themselves from the rest of the world and are completely unaffected by influences from other cultures. Visit in January to experience Mali’s Festival in the Desert, taking place on the sands north-west of Timbuktu. This unique event promised three amazing days of music, tents, camel racing, dancing and more!

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 Mali. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Useful Vaccinations for Mali

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: 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
Price
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: 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
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: 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 Mali

If you’re planning a trip to Mali, you should be aware of the advice currently provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. All travel to the provinces of Tombouctou, Kidal, Gao and Mopti should be avoided, and you should only visit certain parts of the provinces of Kayes, Koulikoro and Segou if it is unavoidable and essential. Terrorist attacks here are highly likely. A state of emergency issued by the Malian government in April 2016 remains in place until the end of October 2017. There is a visible security presence in towns and cities, and wherever in Mali you may be, keep emergency stocks of food, water and medical supplies in case of an attack or other disturbance in the area.

Mali 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.

Travel within Mali can be extremely difficult. There is a UN peacekeeping mission currently taking place in the north of country, however the situation is still extremely fragile. Roadblocks, armed bandits and car-jacking is a likely occurrence. Medical assistance within Mali is limited. Be sensible about personal hygiene, food preparation and drinking water to minimise the risk of becoming ill. If you do need medical attention, you should contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

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