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Travel Vaccinations for Gabon
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Gabon
Recommended Vaccinations for Gabon at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: 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|
|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|
One of Africa’s wealthier countries the Central West African Country of Gabon has developed its wealth through oil and other minerals. There is so much to see and do in Gabon, especially if nature is your thing. Gabon has pristine rain forests, waterfalls, the Crystal Mountains and of course beaches since it is on the Atlantic coast. There are also national parks to visits and boat trips to take – and of course there is also some very interesting fishing.
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 Gabon
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 throughout Gabon at all times during the year including major cities and coastal areas.
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 Gabon
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 Gabon
There is a Risk of Yellow Fever across the whole of Gabon. Travellers should get advice regarding vaccination prior to travel.
Yellow Fever Certification
There is also a Yellow Fever Certification Requirement for some travellers. 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 Gabon
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 of Gabon. Your travel nurse should be able to advise you.
Schistosomiasis is a flatworm infection that is acquired through contact with affected fresh water streams, rivers or lakes. If you have been swimming or wadding n such an environment and you think you may have been exposed, or have contacted Schistosomiasis, seek professional medical help. Schistosomiasis is present in Gabon so please take precautions
Two words to describe the weather in Gabon – hot and humid. Please check the weather for the time and areas you are travelling to so that you can adequately prepare and don’t forget to be sun smart.
The tap water in Gabon is not considered safe for foreigners to drink. Drink bottled water instead which can be found quite easily.
The food of Gabon is interesting, but if western food is more your style, then you will be able to find that too, especially in hotels. Other than the bottled water you can also try the local beer which is not bad but the fruit juices are fantastic –so give those a try.
Lots of different infections can be spread through animal bites, including Rabies, Malaria and Dengue Fever. Please make sure you have had your shots before travelling to Gabon and read more about the diseases themselves on our website. Malaria is comparatively very common in Gabon.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Gabon.
You will find very friendly people here, but please still use common sense and exercise reasonable safety precautions – with yourself and your valuables. Malaria and HIV are comparatively common here so be careful and take precautions.