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.
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||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
Risk of Malaria in the 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.
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 Mauritania
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 Mauritania
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.
Heat and Humidity
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.
Food and Drink
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.
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 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.
In the Neighbourhood – North Africa
If you are travelling further afield throughout North Africa make sure you check out the Travel Vaccinations that you need for every country that you are going to.