Guinea-Bissau (not to be confused with its neighbor Guinea) is a small West African country. Its capital city, Bissau, has a pleasant atmosphere and gives the traveler the opportunity to immerse himself in the local life. The city also offers some nice examples of colonial architecture. Most of the country is covered with low coastal plains, rivers and swamps. The real beauty of Guinea-Bissau lies in the hidden paradise of the Bijagos archipelago. These World Heritage tranquil islands are home to an astonishing array of animals, including hippopotamuses, monkeys, marine turtles, crocodiles and manatees, all living in diverse ecosystems such as mangroves, forests, and coastal savannas.
We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.
For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.
GUINEA-BISSAU – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|Hepatitis A||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Hepatitis B||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine||Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose.
Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough): 1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32).
*Only applicable for Quebec.
|Polio||One-time booster recommended for any adult traveler who completed the childhood series but never had polio vaccine as an adult (after 18 years old only).|
|Measles – Rubella – Mumps||Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.|
|Cholera||For humanitarian workers and health care providers.|
|The Yellow Fever Vaccine||A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country.
Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details.
It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure.
For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website:
|Meningitis||Recommended for all travellers during the season(s). Consider immunization for specific groups or itineraries outside the dry season|
|Flu – Influenza||Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.|
|Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella)||Recommended for all travelers|
|African Tick Bite Fever||Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.|
|Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies||For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.|
|Schistosomiasis||Avoid swimming in fresh water.|
|Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC)||Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.|
|Malaria||Malaria is present in this country. The risk may be region specific. Prophylaxis measures to be discussed with the health care professional.|
|Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and/or Zika||There are many illnesses that are transmitted via mosquito bites and unfortunately we do not have vaccines to protect us against most of them. It is important to inquire with your healthcare professional regarding the specific risks and the different illnesses presently in circulation.|
|Antimalarials Recommended||Malarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine|
|Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea||Azithromycin or Suprax|
Guinea-Bissau suffers from severe lacks of medicines, medical equipment and trained medical staff. The local population doesn’t have access to basic medical care. The Simão Mendes National Hospital, located in Bissau, the capital city, is the main public hospital in the country. But it has a limited range of services and the medical care provided is usually of poor quality. In the event of a serious sickness, medical complications or a severe injury, an air evacuation to Dakar in the neighboring Senegal or to your country of origin is required.
In case of emergency, it is recommended that you go to the Raoul Follereau Hospital in Bissau, which has been recently renovated.
Access to quality medicines is poor in Guinea-Bissau. Is it thus strongly advised that you bring your own medical supplies.
Although the political climate in Guinea-Bissau has improved since the government changed hands in July 2014, the possibility of civil or military unrest remains.
In case of emergency, dial:
- police: 117
- medical assistance: 119
- firefighters: 118