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Benin, Africa

Malaria Risk Travel Information for Benin

The risk of Malaria is high in Benin, and the risk is present all year round.   Antimalarials are highly advised. Please remember to also follow the bite avoidance measures below.

The majority of Travelpharms customers who travel to Togo visit for long periods of time and often Visit Friends or Family. 

Fact: Did you know that travellers who Visit Friends and Family are at much greater risk of contracting malaria and other tropical illnesses whilst away?  Travelpharm commissioned a study to look at malaria transmission in the UK among friends and family travellers. 

Don't be just another statistic, make sure you take all precautions against malaria.

Please check HERE to see a malaria map of Benin on fitfortravel (a NHS website).


What Malaria prophylaxis do I need to prevent malaria in Benin?

If you don't already have a prescription from your Doctor for malaria medication, you can save precious time by using our online consultation service to order the suitable malaria medicines for this region by clicking on the following links. Any of the medicine listed can be recommended for malaria prevention in this region. If you already have a prescription for malaria medicine from your Family Doctor, then you can order the quantity on your prescription(s) on the following links. Travelpharm will supply your prescription, once we receive it from you. When you place your order on one of the links below, please follow the instructions on where to send the prescription.

Your online consultation will be reviewed by a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber registered in the UK with the General Pharmaceutical Council. We only dispense genuine UK licensed medicines from our UK based pharmacy.


So what else can I do to prevent malaria?

All travellers should, however, follow the bite avoidance measures below:

  • Use mosquito nets impregnated with Permethrin or Deltamethrin. These insecticides kill mosquitoes instantly by acting on their central nervous system. During the daytime, tie the net in a knot and leave it hanging from the ceiling. At bedtime untie the net and check carefully for hidden mosquitoes or any tears. Holes or tears must be mended with adhesive tape or thread. Tuck the edge of the net under the mattress and make sure there are no openings.
  • Apply insect repellent to all exposed areas of skin, avoiding eyes and mouth, Reapplying frequently in accordance with the manufacturer's directions. We advise the use of N, N-diethylmetatoluamide (or DEET to you and me) containing products. DEET has been widely used for over 50 years and has quite clearly been shown to be one of the most effective repellent products. The use of 50% DEET products is usually sufficient in normal conditions. Our range of insect and mosquito repellent products can be found here.

Many insects and mosquitoes will bit all day in Benin, but from sunset onwards often presents the greatest risk. Here are a few free and easy tips to reduce the chance of getting bitten:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers, obvious, we know, but this will at least reduce skin available to be bitten.
  • Wear Light colours as these attract mosquitoes less than dark clothing.
  • Remember that aftershave and perfumes will tend to attract mosquitoes, so going without could help reduce the risk of being bitten.
  • Do not wear tight clothes because mosquitoes can bite through fabric!  Loose clothing is better and will also keep you cooler.


What Vaccines do I need for Benin?

Below is a table designed to show you what vaccines are mandatory, recommended or ones to consider when visiting Benin:

CholeraHepatitis AHepatitis BJapanese EncephalitisMeningitis ACWYRabies
 ConRecCon ConCon

 

TetanusTick Borne Encephalitis Typhoid Yellow Fever Vaccine
Rec -Rec -Man


Due to ongoing Measles outbreaks worldwide, all traveller to Togo should ensure they are up to date with their Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR).

 

Man = Mandatory
Con = Consider
Rec = Recommended
Req = Required if visiting from area with risk of transmission

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