Ethiopia Travel Health Advice

Travellers to Ethiopia are recommended to have hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, meningococcus and cholera vaccinations. Malaria is prevalent in the lowlands (below 6,562 feet/2,000m) and altitude sickness may affect travellers to the highland areas, including Addis Ababa. Bilharzia is present in many of the lakes in Ethiopia and travellers are advised to drink boiled or bottled water, as waterborne diseases are prevalent. A rabies vaccination is recommended for anyone who will be spending a lot of time in wilderness areas or around animals, and a polio booster is recommended for adults who had the vaccine as children.

Medical facilities are poor outside of Addis Ababa, while in the capital hospitals are available but medical supplies are erratic; visitors should bring their own regular medications with them and arrange comprehensive medical insurance before travel.

View information on diseases:

Cholera, Hepatitis A, HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Malaria, Schistosomiasis (bilharzia)

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