Travel Vaccinations for Guinea-Bissau
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Guinea-Bissau.
|MMR||Yes||Person-to-Person||Measles, mump, rubella, course of Two||£50|
|DTaP||Yes||Person-to-Person||Tetanus, diphtheria, polio,s Dose||£40|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhoid, Single Dose||£50|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Hepatitis A, Single Dose||£60|
|Meningitis||Yes||Person-to-Person||Meningitis ACWY (Nimenrix), Single Dose||£65|
|Cholera||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Cholera, Course of Two||£35|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||Hepatitis B, Course of Three||£55|
|Yellow Fever||Yes||Mosquitoes||Yellow Fever, single Dose||£70|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabies, Course of Three||£65|
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.
Risk of Malaria in Guinea-Bissau
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.
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 Repellant such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Yellow Fever Risk and Certification Requirements for Guinea-Bissau
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.
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).
Further Travel Health Advice for Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau is a former Portuguese colony that gained its independence in 1974. Unfortunately Guinea-Bissau has seen its fair share on instability with a civil war and military junta rule shortly thereafter. However, Guinea-Bissau is on the road to recovery now. If travelling here, please try to make a stop to see chimpanzees in the Forests of Jemberem – well worth a visit.
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 Guinea-Bissau. Your travel nurse should be able to advise you.
Heat and Humidity
Guinea-Bissau is generally warm so be sun smart and take precautions. There is also a rainy season and a drought period here. Please check the weather for the time and areas you are travelling to so that you can adequately prepare,
You do not want to drink the tap water here. Its not safe for foreigners. Stick to the bottled stuff and take water purification tablets with you just in case.
Food and Drink
Lots of choice here, but essentially most people eat rice and fish – both of which are generally sourced locally. There is also a sweet local tea to try or the cashew or palm wines – although they are an acquired taste..
Animals and Insects
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 and heed advice regarding precautions.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Guinea-Bissau.
Sadly Guinea-Bissau is rife with both petty and violent crime – the worst in Africa. Also, large drug cartels exists here so be careful. The police are not the best here and you may also want to stay away from political demonstrations and large groups of military congregating in one spot.