Travel Vaccinations for Guinea

Guinea is a country in West Africa with a population of 13 million people and a climate at a high of 40C. Yellow fever is endemic in Guinea. The CDC recommends yellow fever vaccination for all travellers to Guinea who are over 9 months old. All visitors to Guinea arriving from countries with yellow fever must show proof of vaccination.

There is currently a measles outbreak in several areas of Guinea. Travelers should make sure they have been vaccinated against the disease.

The country of Guinea was affected by the Ebola outbreak in 2014 but was declared Ebola-free in 2016.

 

Who Vaccination Risk When
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.

Most patients Hepatitis A Hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated food or water in Guinea regardless of where you are eating. 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 You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Guinea. 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.
Most 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.
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 Guinea 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.