Sao Tome And Principe Travel Health Advice
Hepatitis A, typhoid, yellow fever, MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), and tetanus are all recommended as pre-travel immunisations. Cholera vaccinations are not generally recommended for travel to Sao Tome and Principe. HIV is not as common as in other African countries, and travellers are not at risk unless they engage in unprotected sexual contact or receive injections or blood transfusions. Schistosomiasis may be acquired through contact with contaminated water, and travellers are advised to avoid swimming, wading, or rafting in bodies of fresh water, such as lakes, ponds, streams, or rivers.
Malaria is not as common a concern as it once was in Sao Tome, however visitors are still advised to take precautions, including insect repellent, netting, and antimalarial tablets. Either mefloquine (Lariam), atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone), or doxycycline may be taken. It is recommended to wear long sleeves, long pants, hats and closed shoes in forested areas to prevent tick bites.
Medical facilities in Sao Tome and Principe are extremely limited. The main healthcare facility is the Ayres Menezes Hospital, located on Sao Tome. Be advised that most doctors and hospitals will expect cash payment, regardless of whether you have travel health insurance. Serious medical problems will require air evacuation to a country with state-of-the-art medical facilities. It is also recommended that travellers carry a personal supply of basic first aid and antibiotics.
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