Gambia

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Recommended vaccinations

Routine vaccination


Vaccinations included in the vaccination schedule to be updated

Hepatitis A

1 injection two weeks before departure, booster 1 to 3 (5) years later

Children: aged ≥1 year

NB: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers aged ≥1 year arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and all travelers who spend more than 12 hours in transit at an airport in a country where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission.

Yellow fever

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required on entry to the country for all travelers aged ≥9 months.
Vaccination schedule: 1 injection at least 10 days before departure
Children: from 9 months (between 6 and 9 months only in special circumstances)
Protection: lifelong
Following a decision by WHO, the 10-year booster dose is no longer required.
However, according to the Opinion of the French High Council for Public Health (HCSP), yellow fever booster vaccinations are still recommended for:

  • children who were vaccinated under the age of 2: a second dose from the age of 6 in the event of further travel to a yellow fever endemic region;
  • women whose primary vaccination was during pregnancy, people with HIV and immunodeficient patients vaccinated in the conditions outlined in the report by the French High Council for Public Health (HCSP): a second dose 10 years later;
  • people who were vaccinated against yellow fever more than 10 years ago: a second dose if an outbreak has been reported in the country visited.

Based on your travel plans:

Hepatitis B

For long or frequent trips
Two injections one month apart
Booster 6 months later
When protection is needed as early as possible, with almost imminent departure, an accelerated schedule of three injections within a short interval and a fourth dose 1 year later is feasible in adults.

Meningococcal meningitis

For long trips in close contact with local people or during outbreaks

Rabies

For long trips to isolated areas
Children: as soon as they can walk

Typhoid

For long trips or in conditions of poor hygiene
Children: aged ≥2 years

Malaria prevention

Transmission all year round throughout the country

Prevention:

  • Chemoprophylaxis with atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline or mefloquine
  • Protection against mosquito bites

Travelers should immediately seek medical attention if fever occurs when traveling or in the months after their return.

Preventive treatments

Go to the Institut Pasteur Medical Center General Recommendations page.

(Source: Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin [BEH] – Health Recommendations for Travelers)

 

 

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