Vaccinations for Cape Verde
Travelling directly from Europe there are no vaccinations for Cape Verde required for entry. It is a Yellow fever risk region but there have been no cases for many years. Other vaccines need to be considered against food and water borne diseases such as Hepatitis A & Typhoid.
For the short-term traveller booster vaccinations for Cape Verde should include cover against childhood vaccinations such as Tetanus and Poliomyelitis. For those travelling for an extended period or visiting more rural areas of Cape Verde vaccination cover against Hepatitis B and Meningococcal Meningitis should be considered.
Tourists should book their initial consultation for vaccinations for Cape Verde at least 4 – 6 weeks in advance of their departure form Ireland.
This island chain has only a few species of mosquitoes and the risk of malaria is thought to be negligible. WHO (2006) does not recommend prophylaxis for travellers but comments that there is a mild risk on Santiago mainly between August and November during the rainy season. Good repellents should be used by all travellers – especially at dusk and dawn.
The climate is oceanic tropical with temperatures varying from 20oC to 30oC throughout the year. The light rainfall tends to occur in Aug to November. During this time humidity can be higher but this is not usually a significant factor.
This is a beautiful destination and direct flight will increase the numbers travelling. However all travellers to Cape Verde will need to be seen for a detailed medical consultation to ensure that they have appropriate advice and protection for their individual trip.
Each traveller will require a specialised consultation and please be aware that this information should be used purely as a guideline.