Travel Vaccinations for Iraq

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

Recommended Vaccinations for Iraq at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Cholera, Hepatitis B, 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 £50
Hepatitis A Person-to-Person Single Dose £86
Cholera Person-to-Person Course of Two £47.50
Hepatitis B Person-to-Person Course of Three £66
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intramuscular £66
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intradermal £66

Iraq in the Middle East shares a border with Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran and Turkey.

If one country can be referred to as the cradle of civilisation, Iraq, once ancient Mesopotamia, is certainly that country, for between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers lies what was the Garden of Eden, and Iraq was home to the Sumerians, the oldest known civilisation. The legendary capital of Baghdad still mirrors its ancient past, against the backdrop of its hectic pace, driven by its petroleum resources and production. One of the most staggering travel experiences awaits visitors to the ruins of Babylon, where Nebuchadnezzar, during his reign from 605 BC, built the city and its renowned hanging gardens, one of the wonders of the ancient world. During your visit to Iraq, you can literally immerse yourself in history by touring some of the world’s most important archaeological sites.

There is No Risk of Yellow Fever in Iraq

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 Iraq

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 is a Risk in a number of areas of Iraq especially Duhok, Erbil and Sulaimaniya provinces.

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.

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Further Travel Health Advice for Iraq

Be prepared for intense, dry heat in Iraq and be careful when touring that your skin is protected. Drink plenty of water and juices.

As with most destinations overseas,in Iraq it is recommended that you drink only bottled water, and also use bottled water for brushing your teeth, no matter which area you visit. Even if you are told that local water is safe, do not take the risk.

Iraqi food is diverse and delicious. Such dishes as shish-taouk, and pelau, the local term for rice, are staple dishes, and barley, mint and dates usually find a place into the main meal of the day, but it follows that with such a long and multilayered history, Iraq has an extraordinary choice of foods. Grilled food is very popular, especially kebabs of beef, and lamb, and chicken. Iraqis love their sweets and pastries made of phyllo, and drenched in honey are everywhere, and many desserts include pistachios. Iraqis love their coffee rich and dark, but you might want to try Arak, an unsweetened liquor made from anise, mixed with water.

The health care system in Iraq is iffy at best, and it is recommended that in case you require treatment, you use only private clinics. If you require health care services consult your hotel first and if possible, use a clinic in Baghdad. Arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need.

Protect yourself, and your family, with adequate travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any unusual activities.