Recommended Travel Vaccines for Gambia
|ALL TRAVELLERS||SOME TRAVELLERS||COURSE*|
|Hepatitis A||2 weeks before travel|
|Tetanus||Anytime before travel|
|Typhoid||2 weeks before travel|
|Yellow Fever||10 days before travel|
|Cholera||6 weeks before travel|
|Hepatitis B||3 weeks before travel|
|Meningitis ACWY||2 weeks before travel|
|MMR||1 month before travel|
|Rabies||4 weeks before travel|
*Vaccination schedules are approximate and are calculated based on the first dose. Schedules are subject to change depending on your individual needs and will be discussed in your appointment. These are the minimum times required to complete courses or for vaccines to become fully effective. You can always start your course of vaccinations earlier than stated, as vaccines work best when your body has time to process them. Your Travel Nurse will discuss any health implications in your appointment
Yellow Fever in Gambia
There is a risk of Yellow Fever in Gambia.
Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 9 months of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Malaria Risk in Gambia
Malaria is present in Gambia.
There is no vaccination for Malaria, you will need to take Antimalarial tablets as it is a high risk area. We recommend you have a consultation with our expert Travel Nurses to talk through your Antimalarial medication options.
Other Health Risks
Chikungunya in Gambia
There is a risk of Chikungunya virus in this country. Spread by mosquitos, Chikungunya virus is widespread across Africa, South-East Asia, the Indian sub-continent and the Philippines. Occasionally, the virus can be found in other countries where the mosquito that spreads Chikungunya can also be found. There is no vaccination against Chikungunya, it is important to protect yourself with bite avoidance products like DEET. For more information – click here.
Schistosomiasis in Gambia
There is a risk of Schistosomiasis in this country. A parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia), Schistosomiasis is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water, when the parasitic worm enters through the skin. Usually, no symptoms are felt until 2-4 weeks after exposure, when fever, diarrhoea, cough or a rash can occur as the parasites move around the body. Long term disease can lead to damage of the bladder, kidneys, bowel, liver and genital tract. Prevention is dependent on avoidance of swimming, bathing or paddling in fresh water lakes and streams. For more information – click here.