Zika virus is endemic in Cameroon. Avoid getting pregnant if you are visiting the country. There is a high risk of malaria, so protect yourself against bites and take antimalarials.
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Visit your medical practice 4–6 weeks in advance.
- Courses/boosters advised: diphtheria; hepatitis A; poliomyelitis; tetanus; typhoid; yellow fever.
- Vaccines to consider: cholera; hepatitis B; meningococcal meningitis; rabies.
- A yellow-fever vaccination certificate is a necessity for all travellers over 9 months of age. The certificate is valid for life.
Full health insurance is recommended: if you have serious healthcare issues evacuation to the UK or South Africa will be necessary.
Availabilty & Cost of Healthcare
Healthcare in Cameroon is not good quality, and there is little in the way of emergency care. Funds or insurance need to cover the cost of possible repatriation.
Tap water is not drinkable in Cameroon. Be careful also to avoid iced drinks. Buy bottled water, use a purifier or drink boiled water.