Senegal vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Are you going on holiday to Senegal? Then it is important to obtain travel advice and take proper precautions. We recommend vaccinations for Senegal although in most cases these are not mandatory. Which vaccinations you require is dependant on the duration of your stay in this beautiful country.

The Republic of Senegal lies in West Africa and borders several countries, including Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania. Furthermore, Senegal surrounds Gambia. The country is situated in a transition zone between desert and savannah and has various climates a result. Northern Senegal has a warm desert climate, central Senegal has a semi-arid climate and the southern part of Senegal has a tropical savannah climate. The best time to travel to Senegal is between December and the end of January. In these months you will avoid the worst heat and most of the monsoon season. Senegal has a lot to offer: the country is home to beautiful nature, a vast salt lake and some of the finest beaches in Africa. Whatever you plan to do in Senegal, it is important to be aware of the risks of (tropical) diseases and mosquitoes. Malaria is prevalent in Senegal. Our skilled KLM Health Services nurses are happy to tell you which vaccinations you require and what else you can do to prepare for a healthy trip to this versatile country. Click here to make an appointment (in Dutch) with one of our nurses.

Senegal vaccinations: the most common risks

In Senegal, you run the risk of catching (tropical) diseases to which you are probably not resistant. Vaccines can protect you against these. Please find below a list of the most common health risks and diseases in Senegal and read which specific vaccinations you require.

Chikungunya

In this country Chikungunya is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

Cholera

The authorities of this country require a “cholera statement” if you pass its borders.

Dengue

In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

DTP

Vaccination against DTP is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination against hepatitis B depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.

Malaria

In this country there is a risk of getting malaria. Protection against mosquito bites is necessary during day- and nighttime. Sometimes malaria tablets are recommended, please contact KLM Health Services.

Meningococcal

Vaccination against meningococcal depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.

MMR

Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination (BMR vaccination in Dutch) is recommended for travelers to this country who are not protected against measles yet. This includes children from 6 months and up who have not yet received their childhood MMR immunization.

Rabies

Vaccination depends on your personal situation. In this country mammals could be infected with Rabies. Avoid contact with mammals. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.

Schistosomiasis

In this country Schistosomiasis is prevalent. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Tuberculosis

Vaccination against tuberculosis depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Typhoid fever - recommended

Typhoid vaccination is recommended for a duration of 2 weeks or longer for all travelers to this country.

Yellow Fever - recommended

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Zika virus

In this country Zika virus is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

A healthy trip to Senegal: prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Senegal as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows your to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice (in Dutch) helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for Senegal? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online (in Dutch) for your Senegal vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for Senegal? Please feel free to contact us via 0900 109 109 6 (€1,00 per call) or send an email to travelclinic@klm.com. You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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