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Africa – Medical & Travel Advice

The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities and excursions while away, the time you will be away and your health in general.

We highly recommended you consult with your General Practitioner or local Travel Doctor up to 2 months in advance of your departure. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending any vaccines and / or antimalarial tablets. 

Africa - Medical Advice

Courses or boosters usually advised:  
*Hepatitis A

Other vaccines to consider:
*Hepatitis B
*Meningococcal Meningitis

Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. Yellow Fever is spread  by the bite of an infected, day-biting mosquito. The disease is mainly found in rural areas but outbreaks in urban areas do occur. Vaccination is usually recommended for those who travel into risk areas. Some countries demand a yellow fever certificate as a condition of entry to their country. Many of these, and other countries, will ask you for a certificate if you are entering from an infected country.

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes. You cannot be vaccinated against malaria. Check with your doctor or nurse about suitable antimalarial tablets. Malaria precautions are essential. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and, when necessary, sleeping under a mosquito net.

EBOLA in West Africa – The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This outbreak is the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known. It has affected: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and travel associated cases have been detected in Senegal. 


Africa - Travel Advice

Most Governments currently advise their citizens to reconsider their need to travel to the three most affected countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. This reflects the seriousness of the outbreak, the challenges in containing it, the limited emergency care options, the potential for a deterioration in the security situation and the increasing travel restrictions which have significantly reduced freedom of movement in the region. Most other countries in Africa have banned the entry of anyone who has recently visited any of the Ebola infected countries. 

Currents Warnings of Reconsider your need to Travel:
*Democratic Republic of Congo
*South Sudan