Health Check

Vaccinations

All travellers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure.

Mandatory Vaccination

Vaccination for yellow fever is mandatory for travellers who enter Cameroon. International certificates of yellow fever vaccination will be checked upon arrival at the Douala International Airport. Travellers from infected areas who do not have proof of vaccination will be vaccinated, for a fee, before entering Cameroon.

Recommended Vaccinations

Hepatitis A

Recommended for all travellers

Typhoid

Recommended for all travellers

Yellow fever

Recommended for all travellers. Required for travellers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.

Meningococcus

Recommended for all travellers

Polio

One-time booster recommended for any adult traveller who completed the childhood series but never had polio vaccine as an adult

Hepatitis B

Recommended for all travellers

Rabies

For travellers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

Two doses recommended for all travellers born after 1956, if not previously given

Tetanus-diphtheria

Revaccination recommended every 10 years

Medications

A Malaria Prophylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas of Cameroon.

Other information

Travellers’ diarrhoea is the most common travel-related ailment. The cornerstone of prevention is food and water precautions. All travellers should bring along an antibiotic and an anti-diarrheal drug to be started promptly if significant diarrhoea occurs.

Many diseases, like malaria and dengue are spread through insect bites. One of the best protections is to prevent insect bites by:

  • Using insect repellent (bug spray) with 30%-50% DEET.

  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat outdoors.

  • Remaining indoors in a screened or air-conditioned area during the peak biting period for malaria (dusk and dawn).

  • Sleeping in beds covered by nets treated with permethrin, if not sleeping in an air-conditioned or well-screened room.

  • Spraying rooms with products effective against flying insects, such as those containing pyrethroid.