Travel Vaccinations for Burkina Faso

The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Burkina Faso

Recommended Vaccinations for Burkina Faso 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
DTaP Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Typhoid Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Hepatitis A Person-to-Person Single Dose £86
Meningitis Person-to-Person Single Dose £75
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

Burkina Faso is in West Africa is a wonderful place to visit if you want to experience a warm West African welcome and get a taste for real West African culture infused with great West African music. In fact Burkina Faso is considered by many to be the home of West African music.

You can also see some amazing sculptures in Laongo or take a camel ride into the dessert. There is so much to do here – although between 12 and 3 in the afternoon is resting time so don’t make too many plans during those hours – especially not ones that involve trips to shops, banks.

Despite the friendly people and the warm welcome, please remember that Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, so please be sensible with your valuables here.

Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) before travelling.

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

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

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

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 Burkina Faso

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 Burkina Faso all year around.

Malaria Prevention

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 Burkina Faso

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 Burkina Faso

Yellow Fever is a risk in Burkina Faso especially in rural areas of the country but outbreaks are also common in the cities. Travellers should get advice regarding vaccination prior to travel.

Yellow Fever Certification

There is also a Yellow Fever Certification Requirement for some travellers to Burkina Faso. 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 Burkina Faso

Dengue Fever occurs in Burkina Faso. Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bits 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 Burkina Faso. 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 wadding in such an environment and you think you may have been exposed, or have contacted Schistosomiasis, seek professional medical help. Schistosomiasis is present in Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso has a wet season and a hot season and anything in between, depending on where and when you travel. You might want to check out the weather for your period of travel and the area of Burkina Faso you are travelling to so that you can take adequate measures to ensure a comfortable stay – weather wise at least.

Tap water in Burkina Faso is not considered safe to drink. . Stick to the bottled stuff and take a water purification system/tablets with you if you want to be on the safe side.

The staples in Burkina Faso revolve mostly around maize, millet and rice. Also yams, potatoes and okra abound so make sure you try some of the local dishes made with these ingredients.

Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites, including Dengue Fever and Malaria both spread by mosquitoes, both of which occur in Burkina Faso. 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 Burkina Faso.

Please remember that Burkina Faso is a poor country so take reasonable precautions against petty theft. Respect is a big thing here so always greet people you meet or pass by and use your right hand when greeting people, eating food ad most things of social significance because the left hand is generally associated with going to the toilet.