Iraq is torn between its glorious past and its heartbreaking recent history. If Iraq once belonged to powerful Empires, the country is now caught in a bloody spiral of war and violence. Countless magnificent religious and archaeological sites are scattered across the country, but they are unfortunately too dangerous to be visited by the independent traveler in the current situation. Although some agencies offer selective “high security tours” in Iraq, the cradle of the Western Civilization desperately needs appeasement to be enjoyed peacefully by visitors. The magical Baghdad and the wonders of Iraq are unfortunately currently too hard to reach…
INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH
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.
IRAQ – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|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:
|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.|
|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|
|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.|
The public health care sector in Iraq is of poor quality. Public hospitals lack adequate medical equipment and shortages of medicines are a regular fact. Black outs and water service interruptions are frequent in some public establishments. But private medical facilities offer satisfying medical care in Iraq. The Al-Hayat, the Al-Rahebat and the Al-Karkh Hospitals are especially good establishments in Baghdad, the capital city. If you need to be evacuated to another country, the American air ambulance service can be reached at 800-863-0312 or 941-536-2002.
Ambulances in Iraq are very limited. Note that there are no emergency services in the private hospitals previously quoted.
The medicines found in the country are not of reliable quality. Most of the foreigners go to the English speaking Al-Shaiklee pharmacy or Hunnudi pharmacy, located in Baghdad. Always bring your own medical supplies in sufficient quantities.
There is no centralized number to reach emergency services. Research the contact information for local police and medical facilities, and carry it with you.