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Travel Vaccinations for Senegal
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Senegal
The Western African Country boasts the Atlantic Ocean, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania as its neighbours. It is a French speaking country with numerous foothills and plains that make up its beautiful landscape. Once colonised by the French, Senegal gained independence in 1960 and now boasts a largely peaceful and inclusive society. If you visit Senegal make sure to stop over at the Stone Circles of Senegambia, which is considered by UNESCO to be a world heritage site.
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 Senegal
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.
Malaria precautions are advised for travel to Senegal. This is considered a high risk malarial country.
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.
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Further Travel Health Advice for Senegal
Dengue fever occurs in Senegal so please take precautions. Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bites from a specific mosquito, which seems to be most active during daylight. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do is try to avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent. Our travel nurse will be best able to advise you.
Schistomiasis is a flatworm infection. You can get it through contact with affected fresh water streams, rivers or lakes. If you think you may have been exposed to or if you think have contacted Schistomiasis, seek professional medical help.
Senegal is a tropical country with a wet and a dry season. Temperatures inland are much hotter than on the coats so be sun smart. Make sure you check the weather for the time of year and the area you are travelling to as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions
Dehydration could easily happen in Senegal so make sure you drink enough water. Make sure its bottled water, as the tap water is not considered safe for drinking. Make sure you also are careful of foods that have been washed with tap water.
Rice and fish are a common dish in Senegal but you will be able to find western style dishes in some restaurants and most hotels if that is what you are looking for.
Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites, including Malaria and Dengue Fever which is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, headache and severe joint, bone and muscular pain. Advice for both of these is listed above.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while abroad
Some parts of Senegal still sees some fighting so please check with the foreign office before you travel if the area you are intending to go to is safe. As with all travel, you must put your personal safety first and in Senegal there is a proportion of petty theft and scams. Also, due to the possibility of dehydration, you might want to consider taking along some rehydration salts.