Get a full list of the vaccines you need for Gambia, and learn about the risk of diseases and the best ways to protect yourself while away.

Vaccinations for
Gambia

Now that you have started planning your trip, it is important to know the recommended vaccinations for Gambia. Read the following information to prepare before travelling and while abroad.


01.Vaccine list

Below is a list of vaccinations for Gambia that you should take into consideration for your upcoming trip.

Whether or not you need these injections for Gambia will depend on a variety of factors, like your medical history or the nature of your stay.

To have a personalised assessment, book a free phone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses.

Most travellers

Yellow fever

10 days before arrival

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival

Typhoid

2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers

Rabies

3 weeks before arrival*

Hepatitis B

4 weeks before arrival*

Meningitis

10 days before arrival

Cholera

2 weeks before arrival

02.Other health risks in Gambia

As you go travelling, not all health risks in Gambia can be prevented with vaccines. The following things should thus be taken into consideration when planning your trip.  

Malaria

There is a high risk of malaria throughout the country and all year round.

The use of antimalarials is therefore advised when travelling to Gambia, and you can talk to one of our prescribing nurses to make sure you get the best possible protection.

Avoiding mosquito bites during the night time by practicing the below recommendations helps reduce the risk.

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Dengue

There is a risk of dengue throughout the country. To lower the risk of contracting the disease, it is best to prevent mosquito bites during the day by using repellents while in Gambia, as there is currently no medication or vaccination available for prevention.

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03.Precautions for Gambia

It is important to take precautions during your stay in Gambia, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.

Mosquitoes

There is a risk of malaria and dengue fever in Gambia, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.

Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against the main cause of these infections, which is mosquito bites, during your stay in the country.

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Food and water

All travellers going to Gambia should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A, which are all transmitted through contaminated food and water.

If you are visiting friends or relatives in Gambia or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.

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04.Useful contacts in Gambia

Here, you will find a list of useful services in case of an emergency while in Gambia.

British High Commission Banjul If you are in Banjul and need urgent help, the British High Commission Banjul can assist you. You can call them on +220 4495133.

Local emergency medical services If you need urgent medical assistance while you are in Gambia, you can call the emergency number +220 16.

Medical facilities and practitioners To find reputable medical help quickly in case of an emergency, the British High Commission Banjul has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Gambia. The facilities listed here mention there is English speaking staff that can assist you.

05.Checklist for your trip to Gambia

  • Check if you need vaccinations Speak with one of our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel for advice on vaccinations for Gambia

  • Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Gambia, including DEET insect repellent

  • Travel vaccination certificate As requirements concerning travel vaccination certificates are regularly revised, double check before travelling whether they apply to you

  • Schistosomiasis protection To avoid the parasitic infection, you should avoid wading, swimming, or bathing in freshwater where possible

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in Gambia and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave

  • Note useful contact numbers List important contacts to take with you in case of an emergency in Gambia

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019

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