The Benin Republic is a French speaking, West-African nation with a population of 11 million people and a climate at a high of 35C. The most common diseases in Benin Republic are lower respiratory infections. Therefore, you will benefit from vaccinations that eliminate the risk of these.
There is a high risk of contracting malaria in Benin. There is medical care in larger Beninese cities and towns. But the extent of treatment is limited. For those staying in rural areas, there may be a need to travel far to get to the nearest physician.
|All patients||Measles||You can easily catch measles by breathing in droplets, touching a surface the droplets have settled on and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth (the virus can survive on surfaces for a few hours).||6-11 months: 1 dose 4-6 weeks before travel. This dose does not count as the first dose in the routine childhood vaccination series.
12 months or older: 2nd dose must be given 28 days apart.
|All patients||Yellow Fever||Required if traveling from a country with risk of YF virus transmission and ≥1 year of age, including transit >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YF virus transmission.||10 days before travel.|
|All patients||Polio||Polio can be contracted by coming into contact with faeces of someone with the infection, or with the droplets launched into the air, usually by cough or sneeze.||12 months before travel.
A booster dose is required if it has been 10 years or more since your last dose of vaccine.
|Most patients||Hepatitis A||Hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated food or water in Benin, regardless of where you are eating or staying.||2 weeks before travel.|
|Most patients||Malaria||You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you and talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria.||Before, during and after travel.|
|Most patients||Typhoid||Typhoid can be contracted through contaminated food or water in Benin. This vaccine is recommended for most travellers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.||10 days before travel.|
|Some patients||Cholera||Cholera is contracted through unsafe food and water. Cholera is rare in travellers but if contracted can be severe.||2 weeks before travel.|
|Some patients||Hepatitis B||Contracted through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products.||2 months before travel.|
|Some patients||Meningitis||This vaccine is recommended if you plan to visit parts of Benin located in the meningitis belt during the dry season (December–June), when the disease is most common.||2-3 weeks before travel.|
|Some patients||Rabies||Found in mammals such as dogs and bats. Recommended if patient is taking part in outdoor activity that put them at risk of animal bites.||1 month before travel.|