Vaccinations for Egypt
All Irish travellers are recommended to get vaccinations for Egypt to ensure cover against Poliomyelitis, Typhoid, Tetanus and Hepatitis A.
Those staying for longer periods or trekking through Egypt may require further protection against diseases like Rabies, Meningitis and Hepatitis B. Travellers should book their initial consultation for vaccinations for Egypt at least 4 – 6 weeks in advance of their departure form Ireland.
W.H.O. report malaria transmission in certain areas in Egypt. Malaria Prophylaxis may be recommended in some circumstances.
A significant number of tourists visiting Egypt suffer stomach complaints. In many cases this is due to eating food from the market places or using the hotel tap water supply for drinking or brushing teeth. The hotter climate of the country and the poorer level of food hygiene leave the unwary tourist at particular risk. Salads and shellfish meals should particularly be avoided.
The fresh water rivers of Egypt are commonly infected with a disease called Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia). This parasite penetrates through intact skin and can cause significant health problems. Travellers are encouraged to swim only in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea or in well maintained swimming pools to avoid exposure.
The ambient temperatures in Egypt can be very high and tourists are frequently exposed to the strong sunlight during their time in Egypt. It is essential that an adequate fluid intake is maintained (much higher than at home) and that travellers remember they may need to increase their salt intake (if this is not contraindicated because of heart disease or blood pressure). Small children and the elderly are at special risk.
Please always remember that each traveller is distinct and so individual specific information will require a medical consultation.