Vaccines advised to ALL Somalia visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Somalia 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 Somalia. 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 Somalia

Somalia is not a typical holiday destination for most travellers, due to its reputation for civil war, pirates, extremists and militants. It remains an extremely dangerous place to be, and travel to Somalia is currently classified as EXTREMELY NOT recommended.

That said, this is a beautiful country and it’s a great shame that it won’t be seen in the foreseeable future as a location to be explored. There is a vast landscape made up of rainforests, mountains, beaches and coral reef, however the beauty of the country is overshadowed by drought and civil war. Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, is considered to be one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

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If you are insistent on exploring Somalia, head to Somaliland, which is a self-declared state and recognised as independent of Somalia itself. Travel here is still inadvisable, however it is considered to be far safer than its host country. The cosmopolitan city of Hargeisa has a rich history and culture to discover. You can visit the Laas Geel cave complex, where you can see Neolithic cave art and rock formations dating back to 9,000 B.C.

If you’re travelling outside of major cities, you are required by law to have an armed guard accompanying you. The Republic of Somaliland is not recognised by any other government so it is wise to familiarise yourself with local laws and customs to avoid any potential conflict.

Updated Yellow Fever Certificate Requirements for South Africa

The Minister of Health for South Africa has announced that the requirement for a yellow fever (YF) vaccination certificate for travellers between Zambia and South Africa has been removed. This change came into effect on 31 January 2015.

The change to South Africa's certificate requirement follows an announcement at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on Friday 30th January 2015, where a review of the YF risk in northwest Zambia indicated reconsideration of the requirement for YF vaccination for travellers to and from Zambia.

Advice for Travellers

The WHO certificate requirements for South Africa are:

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, from Eritrea, São Tomé and Principe, Somalia and Tanzania and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Travellers are advised to check the YF certificate requirement for all countries being visited/transited during travel.

Official notification by WHO of the change to the certificate requirement of South Africa and the risk of yellow fever in Zambia is awaited.

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout Somalia and anti-malarial medication is advised.

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

British Embassy Mogadishu
British High Commission
Upper Hill Road, P.O. Box 30465-00100,
Nairobi
Kenya

Email: Nairobi.Enquiries@fco.gov.uk
Enquiries Telephone: +254 (20) 2844 000, +254 (20) 2873 000

Useful Vaccinations for Somalia

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: 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: 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

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