The Gabon Travel Health Advice

Discover The Gabon Travel Health Advice: Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. And be aware of current health issues in Gabon. Learn how to protect yourself.


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Travel Health Notices/Vaccines and Medicines

Details of vaccination recommendations and requirements are provided below.

VACCINE HOW DISEASE SPREADS DETAILS
Hepatitis A: Food & Water Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Gabon. Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series. Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given. Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.
Hepatitis B Blood & Body Fluids Recommended for unvaccinated travelers of all ages to Gabon.
Typhoid Food & Water Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.
Cholera Food & Water Vaccination may be considered for adults who are traveling to areas of active cholera transmission. Cholera is presumed to be present in Gabon. Areas of active transmission include SNNPR, Gambella, Sidama, and Oromia regions (last case reported November 2020). Cholera is rare in travelers but can be severe. Certain factors may increase the risk of getting cholera or having severe disease (more information). Avoiding unsafe food and water and washing your hands can also help prevent cholera.
Meningitis Airborne & Direct Contact Recommended for travelers 2 months old or older traveling to Gabon during the dry season (December to June).
Yellow Fever Mosquito Required if traveling from a country with risk of YF virus transmission and ≥9 months of age, including transit >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YF virus transmission. Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months of age, except as mentioned below. Generally not recommended for travelers whose itinerary is limited to the Afar and Somali Provinces (see Map 2-13).
  • Note: Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is currently limited. If you need to be vaccinated before your trip, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance. Find the clinic nearest you.
Polio Food & Water If you were vaccinated against polio as a child but have never had a polio booster dose as an adult, you should get this booster dose. Adults need only one polio booster dose in their lives. If you were not completely vaccinated as a child or do not know your vaccination status, talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated.
Rabies Saliva of Infected Animals Rabid dogs are commonly found in Gabon. If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other mammal while in Gabon, there may be limited or no rabies treatment available. Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.

Travelers more likely to encounter rabid animals include

  • 1, Campers, adventure travelers, or cave explorers (spelunkers)
  • 2, Veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers handling animal specimens
  • 3, Visitors to rural areas
Since children are more likely to be bitten or scratched by a dog or other animals, consider rabies vaccination for children traveling to Gabon.

Routine Vaccinations for Gabon

VACCINE HOW DISEASE SPREADS DETAILS
Measles Various Vectors Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.
Malaria CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Gabon take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take. Find country-specific information about malaria
TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis) Wounds & Airborne Only one adult booster of pertussis required.
Chickenpox Direct Contact & Airborne Given to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox.
Shingles Direct Contact Vaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.
Pneumonia Airborne Two vaccines given separately. All 65+ or immunocompromised should receive both.
Influenza Airborne Vaccine components change annually.
Stay safe!