Travel Vaccinations for Liberia
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Liberia.
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.
|MMR||Yes||Person-to-Person||MMR, Course of Two||£56|
|DTaP||Yes||Person-to-Person||Revaxis, Single Dose||£41|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhim Vi, Single Dose||£51|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Avaxim/Havrix, Single Dose||£86|
|Cholera Travel Vaccine||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Dukorol, Course of Two||£37.50|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||EnergixB, Course of Three||£61|
|Yellow Fever||Yes||Mosquitoes||Yellow Fever, Stamaril, Dingle Dose||£71|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Course of Three||£66|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabipur, Course of Three, ID in rabies clinic||£50|
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
Risk of Malaria in Liberia
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 Liberia
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 Liberia
Liberia is a country with an interesting history. It was formed by freed black slaves in the nineteenth century and has strong ties with the United States of America. When visiting Liberia there is much natural beauty to see. You can visit the Sapo National Park or the Blue Lake or simply take a stroll along one of its many beaches. Being along the Atlantic, you can always be sure that the water will be nice and cold.
Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bites from specific mosquitos most active during daylight and mostly in urban areas. 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 Liberia. Your travel nurse should be able to advise you.
Schistomiasis is 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 Schistomiasis, seek professional medical help. Schistomiasis is present in Liberia so please take precautions.
Heat and Humidity
Liberia is hot. In the winter there are some rather uncomfortable winds. Please be sun-smart and go prepared. Also, please check the weather for the time and areas you are travelling to so that you can adequately prepare,
Stick to the bottled stuff here as tap water is not safe. Bottled water is readily available.
Food and Drink
Liberian food is quite delicious but if you’re on a diet – you might want to consider visiting elsewhere for a while. Liberian food does not shy away from butter – palm butter. So many delicious grains and vegetables to choose form with an abundance of fruit, nuts and great tasting breads. The local gin though is to be tried at your own risk.
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.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Liberia.
Liberia can be a dangerous place so please don’t walk around alone day or night. When driving keep your doors locked and your windows rolled up.