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Travel Vaccinations for Cameroon
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Cameroon
Recommended Vaccinations for Cameroon 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|
Cameroon is based in West Africa and is a diverse country in both its actual geographical terrain as well as its people, languages and religions. It is an interesting place to travel but please be aware that some areas of northern Cameroon are not safe for tourists.
If you are travelling here, make sure you try out the local fish and prawns as well as make a visit to one of the many handicraft stores where you can find some if the finest West African handicrafts to bring home with you. Remember, when in Cameroon, barter, barter, barter when purchasing here.
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 Cameroon
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 Cameroon all year around.
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 Cameroon
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 Cameroon
There is a Risk of Yellow Fever across the whole of Cameroon. Travellers should get advice regarding vaccination prior to travel.
Yellow Fever Certification
There is also a Yellow Fever Certification Requirement for some travellers to Cameroon. 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 Cameroon
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 Cameroon. Your travel nurse should be able to advise you.
Schistomiasis (a flatworm infection that is acquired through contact with affected fresh water streams, rivers or lakes). If you have been swimming or wading in such an environment in Cameroon and you think you may have been exposed, or have contacted Schistomiasis, seek professional medical help.
Due to the fact that some parts of Cameroon are situated higher than 2500m, altitude sickness may present a problem. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, its not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered. Our travel nurse will be able to discuss these with you.
Depending on where you travel in Cameroon the weather can vary greatly. This is due to varying altitudes and varying terrain across the country (from coast to arid land). Please check the weather for the time and areas you are travelling to so that you can adequately prepare.
Please don’t drink the tap water here It is not safe. Stick to the bottled stuff or take a water purification system/tablets with you.
There is lots of good food in Cameroon as well as exceptional beer. Restaurants offer plenty if western style food at varying prices, although when out of the main cities please use common sense as there is not always electricity to keep food fresh or beer cold.
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 Cameroon.
Please take reasonable precautions against theft here and don’t travel in unknown areas at night. Please also check with your foreign office on travel safety here as advice can change from region to region.