Nigeria vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Are you travelling to Nigeria soon? This travel advice provides you with information about the climate, places of interest and the most common health risks in Nigeria. We recommend vaccinations for Nigeria, although these are only mandatory when you enter the country from a country where yellow fever is prevalent. Precisely which vaccinations you require is dependent on the duration of your stay in this beautiful country.  

Nigeria is situated in West Africa and neighbours countries such as Chad, Cameroon and Niger. Nigeria’s climate is largely determined by the country’s location, south of the Sahel. Most of the country has a tropical savannah climate, but climates vary greatly per region. Along the coast, the seasons are difficult to distinguish. Nevertheless, we recommend November, December and January as the best months for a trip to Nigeria. In these months, you avoid most of the heat and heavy rainfall. Nigeria is a great setting for an adventurous trip. The country has a beautiful river delta (Niger Delta), nature parks – where you can spot wild animals -, and cultural cities such as Kano. Lagos, Nigeria’s former capital is the largest and most vibrant city in the country and a definite must-visit. 

Regardless of your holiday itinerary for Nigeria, you should always be aware of diseases and mosquitoes. Malaria is prevalent in Nigeria. Our skilled KLM Health Services nurses gladly tell you which vaccinations you require for Nigeria and what else you can do to minimise health risks during your stay. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.

Nigeria vaccinations: the most common risks

In Nigeria, various (tropical) diseases occur to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in Nigeria 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 is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

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

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 Nigeria: prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Nigeria 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 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 Nigeria? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your Nigeria vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for Nigeria? 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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