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Travel Vaccinations for Benin
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Benin
Recommended Vaccinations for Benin at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Meningitis, Cholera, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies
|Vaccination||Major Risk Factors||Course||Price|
|MMR||Person-to-Person||Course of Two||£60|
|Hepatitis A||Person-to-Person||Single Dose||£86|
|Cholera||Person-to-Person||Course of Two||£47.50|
|Hepatitis B||Person-to-Person||Course of Three||£66|
|Yellow Fever||Person-to-Person||Single Dose||£80|
|Rabies||Person-to-Person||Course of Three - intramuscular||£66|
|Rabies||Person-to-Person||Course of Three - intradermal||£66|
Benin in West Africa is a wonderful place to visit with lots to see and do. Coastal plains and large savannah means there is a lot to see. There are also many old ruins left over from the Kingdom of Dahomey.
Interestingly, Benin’s official religion is that of Voodun, also called Voodoo, and this is a major part of life.
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.
Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.
Risk of Malaria in Benin
Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.
There is a High Risk of Malaria across all areas of Benin.
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Yellow Fever Risk and Certification Requirements for Benin
About Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever is a serious viral illness spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Vaccination.
Yellow Fever Risk in Benin
Yellow Fever is a Risk throughout Benin. Travellers should get advice regarding vaccination prior to travel.
Yellow Fever Certification
There is also a Yellow Fever Certification Requirement for some travellers to Benin. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Certification Requirements.
Under International Health Regulations (2005), travellers who have been to an Area affected by Yellow Fever, or who have travelled via an airport of a country affected, are required to present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP).
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Further Travel Health Advice for Benin
Dengue Fever is caused by mosquito bites from specific mosquitos most active during daylight. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do however is avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent if travelling to affected areas in Benin. Your travel nurse should be able to advise you.
Schistosomiasis (a flatworm infection that is acquired through contact with affected fresh water streams, rivers or lakes). If you have been swimming or wading n such an environment and you think you may have been exposed, or have contacted Schistosomiasis, seek professional medical help. Schistosomiasis is present in Benin.
Interestingly, some parts of Benin experience two rainy seasons a year. You ,might want to check out the weather for your period of travel and the area of Benin you are travelling to so that you can take adequate measures to ensure a comfortable stay – weather wise at least.
Depending on where you travelling in Benin, the tap water may not be safe. Some parts of Benin are fine, others you are actively encourages not to drink the tap water. Stick to the bottled stuff or take a water purification system/tablets with you if you want to be on the safe side.
Street food is plentiful in Benin – just make sure it’s very hot so you are not eating unwanted bacteria with it. The local beer isn’t bad but you might want to think twice before trying the local moonshine!
Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites, including Dengue Fever and Malaria both spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, headache and severe joint, bone and muscular pain. Advice for dengue fever and malaria are listed above.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Benin.
Please remember that Benin is a poor country so take reasonable precautions against petty theft. Also, don’t walk out alone at night as attacks against tourists, especially women have been known to happen a fair bit.