Travelling to Senegal? Need Vaccinations?
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.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Senegal?
Make sure that you are up-to-date with your routine vaccinations before heading off. The following vaccinations are recommended for most travellers to Senegal.
In addition, depending upon your itinerary, where you are travelling, length of travel and your occupational and lifestyle risks, you may also require vaccinations for the following:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for Senegal. If you are travelling around in the region, have a look at the vaccination requirements for the other countries that you intend to visit as recommendations differ from country to country.
Further Travel Health Advice for Senegal
Malaria precautions are advised for travel to Senegal. This is considered a high risk malarial country. Talk to our travel nurse who will be best able to advise you. Taking reasonable steps to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes is always advisable to give yourself the greatest protection against infection.
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.
Heat and Humidity
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.
Food and Drink
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.
Animals and Insects
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.
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