Travel Vaccines and Advice for North and West Africa

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The North and West Africa

Planning a trip to The North and West Africa? Exciting! But before you go, let’s talk about something important: your health. Africa is a fantastic place with lots to see, but it’s essential to be prepared. We’re here to provide you a guide on the vaccinations you might need for a safe and enjoyable journey.

Africa has different climates and landscapes, and with that come some health risks. Diseases like malaria, yellow fever, and others can be there, so getting the right vaccinations is a must for a worry-free trip.


The NHS strongly advise specific vaccinations for individuals traveling to North and West Africa. These include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies and meningitis.

Additionally, routine vaccinations are also recommended, including measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap), influenza, chickenpox, pneumonia, and polio.

Certain countries in this region has a season where meningitis can spread, so it’s important to be protected. Make sure you get the meningitis shot if you’re visiting those countries in North and West Africa.

For certain itineraries, proof of yellow fever vaccination may be necessary.

Refer to the tables below for detailed information on recommended travel vaccinations for North and West Africa.

Hepatitis A Contaminated Food or Water Recommended for all travellers to most regions.
Hepatitis B Contaminated Body Fluids (Sex, needles, etc.) Recommended for all travellers to most regions.
Typhoid Contaminated Food or Water Recommended for all travellers to most regions.
Cholera Contaminated Food or Water May be recommended based on your specific itinerary.
Yellow Fever Mosquito-borne May be recommended based on your specific itinerary.
Rabies Infected Animals Vaccine recommended for long-stay travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.
Meningitis Airborne or Direct Contact Normally, a routine vaccination. Active transmission in some parts of the region.
Polio Infected Animals Generally a routine vaccination. Recommended for some countries in the region.
Dengue Fever Mosquito-borne A new dengue fever vaccine called Qdenga® has been licensed in the UK

For more information on the vaccination required to your destination, please click here.


In North and West Africa, there are other health concerns exist that cannot be prevented through vaccinations.

Malaria is prevalent in the region, and depending on your specific travel plans, antimalarial medication may be advised. It’s essential to note that antimalarial resistance exists in certain areas, potentially limiting your medication options. Consult a travel health specialist for personalised guidance.

Travellers’ diarrhoea is a common risk, often associated with trying new and exciting cuisines. While culinary exploration is part of the adventure, it’s crucial to ensure safe food preparation. Carrying a travellers’ diarrhoea kit can be beneficial in preventing illness and managing symptoms if they arise.

Consultation with Our Pharmacist:

We want to make sure you’re ready for your trip. Our pharmacists can help you with:

Customised Vaccination Plans:

Tell us your travel plans, and we’ll suggest the right vaccinations and work with you to make a vaccination plan  for your trip.

Health and Safety Tips:

Our experience pharmacist can provide you with advices on staying healthy during your trip, including tips on food safety and general well-being.

Medication and Health Supplies:

Find out the medicines and supplies you should bring, and you can buy it at our pharmacy, making it your one-stop-shop for all your travel health needs.

Visit our travel clinic at St Katherine Dock & Wapping to have your free consultation today.

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