Vaccines advised to ALL Mauritania visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Mauritania 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 Mauritania. 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 Mauritania

Mauritania, or more accurately, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, in North Western Africa, is not currently a popular tourist destination, with travellers preferring to visit more developed countries with a larger tourism infrastructure.

This isn’t to say that there’s nothing to see! Quite the contrary - situated on the West African coast, Mauritania has vast expanses of beaches, with huge sand dunes and lush oases, contrasting with an equally vast and arid desert area. Nature lovers will delight in the amazing array of migratory birds which flock to Parc National du Banc d’Arguin, and in one of the world’s only Mediterranean monk seal colonies, which live around Cap Blanc.

The stunning desert scenery is well worth seeing, and makes for an exciting jeep tour through the Sahara, stopping off at the historical cities of Chinguetti and Ouadane. Mauritania’s unassuming capital, Nouakchott, is often used as a stopping point for travellers heading to the Adrar desert region.

Nouakchott is a laid-back and friendly town, and is ideal for an afternoon at the local fish market or for sampling local cuisine. In order to experience the best of the warm weather and avoid the rainy season, it is better to visit during the Winter months from November to March.

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 Mauritania. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Useful Vaccinations for Mauritania

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
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

Additional Health Risks Information for Mauritania

Terrorist attacks, protest, violence and other crime are highly likely in Mauritania. There are currently advisory notices in place recommended that British nationals avoid all but essential travel to large areas of the country. If you do choose to travel against official advice, or have an unavoidable reason for needing to be in Mauritania, you should seek specialist security advice and plan your trip carefully, allowing for contingency plans and a safe way to leave the country if necessary.

Some parts of Mauritania are 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.

Medical facilities in Mauritania are limited. Carry a full supply of any necessary prescription medication with you, along with the associated prescriptions themselves, and a well-stocked first aid kit. You may find communication with doctors or clinic staff can be difficult, which may hamper treatment. You will be expected to pay for treatment in advance – insurance cards may not be accepted so ensure you have funds to cover any care you need up front, and make a claim as soon as you are able.

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