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Burkina Faso Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Yellow Fever Yes*
Typhoid Yes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Malaria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Diphtheria Yes

* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers over one year of age.

Health Care

Health insurance is strongly recommended.

Food and Drink

Water is scarce and all water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Drinking water outside main cities and towns is likely to be contaminated and sterilisation is considered essential. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid all dairy products made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other Risks

Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is present; avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. Vaccination against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B is sometimes recommended. Hepatitis E and dengue fever occur. HIV/AIDS is prevalent. The hot, dusty environment can exacerbate breathing problems. Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

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