Vaccines are products administered to people for the purpose of immunity against diseases. A form of preparation to prevent certain diseases from happening.
True it is, that prevention is better than cure-as unlucky situations do exist where a cure gets totally out of reach- hence it is pivotal to make efforts to refrain such occasions from occurring by getting properly vaccinated.
Due to the intricacies of the human immune system, certain environmental factors are prone to trigger disorders in genetically sensitive persons, so it is advised to make complete vaccinations before changing environments.
Diseases dominant in Egypt, known to affect most foreigners, according to the CIA World Factbook are Hepatitis A, schistosomiasis, typhoid and ‘Travelers’ Diarrhea’ (a digestive system disorder caused by taking contaminated food or water resulting in abdominal cramps and stooling).
Rabid dog cases are also recorded as health threatening problems for foreigners, particularly, as most inhabitants already are innately immune from such cases. Once, due to it’s rampancy, dogs from Egypt had to be banned temporarily from entering the United States. Also, travelers returning from Egypt were told not to carry along their dogs, else the dogs wouldn’t be allowed entry, except by seeking advance approval.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) has recommended some vaccinations for travelers to Egypt, for a safer and more enjoyable visit.
Typhoid can be contracted through contaminated food or water, therefore it is ideal to properly vaccinate before traveling especially if staying with friends or relatives or if planning to visit rural areas.
Hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated victuals also, regardless of your location. Hepatitis B, on the other hand, can be gotten through blood procedures, tattoos or piercings, sexual contact, contaminated needles or any other medical procedure.
Travelers involved in camping, hiking, biking, caving, adventure travels and other outdoor activities, as well as researchers, children even, all have a tendency to make physical contact with the animals, and with dogs not being the only rabid animals in Egypt but bats also and other mammals, rabid vaccines are strongly recommended.
Inasmuch as vaccines are important, they can only protect you from just some. On your own, you might want to incorporate these health tips into your everyday life to increase your chances of staying safe and furthermore, enjoying your stay there:
As some medical supplies might be difficult finding in your location, or may possess constituents different from what you ordinarily use, or even an entirely different name, it is advisable to make ample preparations before embarking on your journey.
Other recommended vaccines for travelers to Egypt are measles, mumps & rubella (MMR), Tdap(Tetanus,Diphtheria nd Pertussis), pneumonia, shingles, influenza, chicken pox and polio.
To give the vaccines enough time to work effectively, get vaccinated at least 4 or 6 weeks before traveling. It is also important to be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to your destination.
Egypt is famous as the land of the Pharaohs and the Great Pyramids, among the greatest wonders in the world. It faces the Mediterranean Sea on the North, and the Red Sea borders its East; creating a border with Israel. The Nile is the longest river and flows throughout the entire length of the country. The historic cities and coastal beaches of Egypt each year draw thousands of visitors to the country.
Travelling to Egypt, either for vacation or work exposes some health risks, most of which we discuss below. Make an appointment with our London clinic if you live and work in and around the city of London. We offer all travel vaccines you will need for your trip to Egypt.
Egypt is generally dry throughout the year and has no risk of Malaria. International Health Regulations (2005) require every traveller into Egypt to provide an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP).
The Vaccinations for travellers to Egypt vary due to several factors. Some of these factors vary according to a traveller’s destination and schedule, present medical condition and history of past vaccinations.
Are there mandatory vaccinations for travellers into Egypt?
We recommend some routine vaccinations for every person intending to travel to Egypt. These include:
Hepatitis A and Typhoid are common throughout the world; travellers are exposed to it wherever they travel, so we recommend some travellers to Egypt to get booster shots for the diseases before their departure. Some additional vaccinations we could recommend include Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B, all of these though are based on an informed decision after a personal risk assessment is undertaken with the individual.
The rabies disease is spread by the bite of an infected dog, so you are bound to get exposed to this disease while in Egypt. If treatment is administered early to a bitten patient, the risk of the disease can be curtailed. But not all parts of Egypt are easily accessible to treatment for rabies, so
Hepatitis A is an infectious viral disease spread by the ingestion of contaminated water and food. The hepatitis virus is native to the cities and villages of Egypt, and so many visitors are prone to get infected. The disease also can be spread by contact with an infected person. Prior vaccination before travel is hugely recommended to protect you during your stay
Book an appointment with us by calling 020 3745 7527 or walk into our London travel clinic, our team of medical travel health advisors will be available to answer your questions and provide some of the best of private health service you will receive in the entire London area.
In the table below, we will provide a summary of the recommended vaccinations, and their course and doses.
|MMR||Yes||Person-to-Person||MMR, Course of Two||£ 100|
|DTaP||Yes||Person-to-Person||Revaxis, Single Dose||£ 85|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhim Vi, Single Dose||£ 95|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Epaxyl, Single Dose||£ 60|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||EnergixB, Course of Three||£ 80|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabipur, Course of Three||£ 90|
Egypt rests abreast the Libyan Desert, and north of the Sahara desert. The days in Egypt are usually long and hot, more common in the afternoon. Protect yourself by wearing hats when outdoors, and using sunscreen when taking in the sun at the beach. Keep bottles of water handy and stay hydrated.
All fruits purchased from the market should be peeled or washed, and if possible, raw vegetables should be boiled before consumption. Tap water is safe in most towns and cities, but we recommend you drink bottled water, which is largely available, and affordable.
Traveller’s diarrhoea is a common illness among visitors to Egypt, caused majorly by the consumption of infected food and drink. The disease and its symptoms can be treated by purchasing an antibiotic treatment, an example being Azithromycin.
Egyptian cities such are Cairo and Alexandria have several adequately staffed hospitals and clinics, some of which are managed by the government. To protect yourself and your family, we advise you to get a full travel health insurance before your trip, to cover any emergency medications or consultations
We recommend a period of at least 6 to 8 weeks before your intended departure. Some vaccines take an extended time to become effective, and only when effective can they provide you with full immunity. ss
There are exceptions of a handful of vaccines that can be given 1 day before the date of your travel, but some other medications require more than a single course and a sequence of doses.
For more information on the appropriate medication and its duration, please contact our London clinic or call 020 37457527. Make sure you reach out to us for vaccinations before your trip to Egypt.