Morocco is a lovely destination, popular amongst UK travellers. However, there are risks of infectious diseases, so you should make sure to have vaccinations for Morocco before you go.
Below, you can see the recommended vaccinations for Morocco. Whether or not you will need any of the listed vaccines depends on the places you will be visiting, your current medical health and the nature of your travels, among other factors.
Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a phone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.
Vaccinations for Morocco unfortunately do not cover all health risks in the country. In these cases, it is important to be cautious and apply the avoidance tips to remain safe.
Morocco presents a risk of contracting schistosomiasis infection, transmitted by snails living in freshwater such as lakes, rivers, streams or ponds. The best practice is to avoid swimming in fresh water altogether.
Travelling to Morocco presents exposure to insect and tick-borne diseases such as leishmaniasis, an infection caused by sandfly bites, and West Nile virus, contracted through mosquito bites. Both insects are active in the evening, so it is best to practice insect bite avoidance procedures at night both indoors and outdoors, as these insects are present in wooded areas and in homes. In both cases, symptoms can oftentimes be painless or unnoticeable. If you experience fever, nausea, vomiting, weight loss or muscle aches, contact a medical professional rapidly to avoid further infection.
Once you have your travel vaccinations for Morocco, it is important to take further precautions during your stay in the country, as other diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.
Two types of leishmaniasis are currently found in Morocco. Cutaneous leishmaniasis is present in rural areas, particularly in Er Rachidia, Ouarzazate, and Tata Provinces, including the High Atlas mountain region (Azilal and Essaouira Provinces), Marrakech Province, Agadir and Tiznit Provinces. Visceral leishmaniasis transmission is present throughout Morocco, including in Fes, Marrakech, and the southwest Atlas region. Peak transmission happens from June through September.
Risk of west nile virus is present in Morocco. It is therefore important to practice mosquito bite avoidance precautions throughout the night when travelling throughout the country.
There is currently a very low risk of schistosomiasis in Morocco. The country is awaiting evaluation and verification from the World Health Organization (WHO) to confirm the end of the risk.
The last cases were in the provinces of Béni Mellal, Chtouka Aït Baha, El Kelaa Des Sraghna, Errachidia, and Tata.
All travellers going to Morocco should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid and hepatitis A, which are both transmitted through contaminated food and water.
If you are visiting friends or relatives in Morocco or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.
These are some of the most important services you may need while in Morocco.
British Embassy Rabat The British Embassy Rabat can provide you with assistance while you are there. You can reach them by calling +212 (0) 537 633 333.
Local emergency medical services For emergencies needing medical assistance, dial +212 150 or call SOS Médicins to speak to a doctor at +212 (0)5 22 98 98 98.
Medical facilities and practitioners In the case that you may get ill while in Morocco, the British Embassy Rabat has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Morocco with relevant information readily available for you to find reputable medical help quickly.
Check if you need vaccinations If you need vaccinations, you should book your vaccination appointment at least six to eight weeks before travelling to Morocco
Polio vaccination certificate The polio vaccination certificate requirements for Morocco are subject to updates, so you should check before your departure
Insect protection Bring everything needed to avoid insect bites while in Morocco, including DEET insect repellent
Travel insurance If you become ill in Morocco 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 Keep a list of useful contacts to take with you to Morocco in case of an emergency
If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.
If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
20 June 2019
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