Malaria Risk and Travel Vaccine Information for Gambia

Gambia - Travel Overview

Travel to Gambia for the well prepared tourist is generally safe, but many issues may await those who are unprepared.  Most UK travellers heading to Gambia are seeking winter sun, but frequently more adventurous travellers will go to view its large and varied bird population and increasing numbers will go visit friends or relatives.

 

The following sections contain important information on malaria, what vaccines are recommended and other important issues you may face.

Gambia - Malaria Risk

What is the risk of malaria in Gambia? 

It is the opinion of Travelpharm that customers to Gambia are at high risk of contracting malaria and therefore they should observe strict bite avoidance measures and take a suitable anti malaria medicine. Below you can find all the suitable anti malarials for travelling in or through Gambia. 

The risk of Malaria is very high throughout the whole of Gambia. Because of the very high risk of malaria in Gambia anti malarials are advised. Evidence gathered by the World Health Organisation in 2017 indicates that 100% of the population lives in areas that are classed as high transmission, ie more than 1 case per 1000 population. Gambia has taken great strides towards reducing malaria transmission and since 1998 have adopted a number of measures to ensure the populous is protected. After some peaks in 2011 confirmed cases have been declining but there are still a reported 40 cases per 1000 populous leading to an estimated 674 deaths in Gambia during 2017.  

Travellers going to Gambia to bird watch or those visiting friends and relatives are at particular risk as trips are likely to take you away form the main tourist hot spots to rural locations where malaria risk is likely to be higher.

Travelpharm opinion is based on information made available by the WHOFitForTravelTravelHealthPro,and the CDC 

 

What malaria tablets should I take?

Vaccinations for Gambia

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

 

Cholera

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Japanese Encephalitis

Meningitis

Rabies

Con

Rec

Con

 

Con

Con

 

Tetanus

Tick Borne Encephalitis

 

Typhoid

 

Yellow Fever Vaccine

Rec

  

Rec

 

Rec

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

Areas of High Altitude in Gambia

There are no areas of high altitude in Gambia. 

Travellers Diarrhoea in Gambia

Gambia has a high prevalence of reported cases of travellers diarrhoea with an expected risk of suffering illness greater than 20%. It is important to ensure you observe strict hygiene and to be careful of what food and drink is being consumed, we have a handy guide available in our travel blog and we also stock a large selection of medicines to help ease your symptoms in our stomach and bowel section.  

How to order?

Travelpharm offer an Online Consultation service to make it simple and convenient for you to get hold of your anti malaria tablets without having to book a visit with your doctor. Our online consultation service means that we are able to ask you a number of questions during the ordering process, and when we receive your order it is reviewed by one of our pharmacists who will then dispense your items from our UK registered pharmacy.

How it works:

Ordering products with an online consultation service is simple:

1. Select Tablets

2. Complete Questions

3. Checkout

  1. When ordering a product that has the option for an online consultation, simply select the 'Online Consultation' option and click the 'Add to Basket' button.
  2. Next, you will be prompted to answer a series of medical questions that are related to that particular product, for example, the number of people requiring the tablets, your GP's information, the length of stay in the risk area, any medicine you are currently using and if you suffer from any other health issues. When you have answered the short questionnaire, your tablets will be added to the basket ready for you to checkout. 
  3. When we receive your order, our pharmacist reviews the information given in the consultation, and if we don't need to contact you for any more information, the item is dispensed from our UK registered pharmacy and sent out in the post to you. The item is sent out as requested during the order process, items sent 2nd class are sent free of charge, and will be with you in 3 - 5 working days.

 

Online Anti-Malaria Consultations:

If you are visiting a country that has risk of malaria, then it is important to take the necessary precautions so you do not pick up the disease when travelling. At Travelpharm we share information to ensure you are taking the correct medicine when in entering high risk countries. There are a range of anti malaria tablets available, and the type of tablet you require will depend on factors such as the area you are visiting, the length of stay, your medical history and drugs you may already be taking. All our medicine is legally registered and dispensed in the UK, our credentials can be checked against the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Travelpharm supply popular anti malaria tablets, such as Malarone, Doxycycline, Lariam and now Atovaquone & Proguanil, which are generic Malarone tablets. These tablets are designed to provide protection from malaria, however certain tablets are designed to be taken at different stages, the table below shows how and when the tablets should be take. Always read the product leaflet before taking any tablets:

 

 Malarone
(Atovaquone & Proguanil)
DoxycyclineLariam
 How often should tablets be taken? 1 tablet each day when in the risk area 1 tablet each day 
in risk area
 1 tablet each week 
 When should I start treatment? 2 days before entering 
the risk area
 2 days before entering the risk area 10 days before entering the risk area
 How often when leaving risk area? 7 days when leaving 
the risk area
 4 weeks after leaving the risk area 4 weeks after leaving the risk area

 

 

 

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