Travel Vaccinations for Mauritania

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

Recommended Vaccinations for Mauritania 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 £65
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

Mauritania in North Africa shares borders with Senegal, Mali, Western Sahara and Algeria.

Mauritania is an Islamic country situated in North Africa. It has two main tourist draw cards namely desert and ocean. Take a 4×4 trip through the dessert or visit the national park along the coast. For something different to see why not get a look at the worlds longest train or see some amazing and ancient rock drawings or a few ancient scrolls. The city of Qualata is a UNESCO world heritage site and is famed for its vibrant architecture.

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 Mauritania

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 Risk of Malaria throughout the country throughout the year. There is a High Risk in the southern area of the country throughout the year and a lower risk in the northern regions.

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 Mauritania

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 Mauritania

There is a Risk of Yellow Fever in Mauritania. Travellers should get advice regarding vaccination prior to travel.

Yellow Fever Certification

There is also a Yellow Fever Certification Requirement for 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 Mauritania

Extremes of weather are what you find here – baking hot days and very cold nights. Please check the weather for the time and areas you are travelling to so that you can adequately prepare for what you will encounter,

Stick to the bottled stuff here as tap water is not always safe. Bottled water is readily available.

You can find a variety of western style dishes in the capital city, but if you are venturing further out, it will be less easy to do so. While local food is plenty outside the capital, food hygiene standards could be improved so come prepared.

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 Mauritania.

Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Mauritania.

Please check with your foreign office before embarking on your trip to Mauritania as travel here can be dangerous for Westerners due to recent kidnappings and violence. Also, some areas still contain mines so please check before travelling.