Compulsory immunizations for a trip to Benin
All travelers entering Benin are required to present a certificate of immunization against yellow fever.
Immunizations systematically recommended for a trip to Benin
The vaccination is available for children at least one year old. For persons who were born before 1945, who have spent their childhood in a developing country or who have had an icterus, it may prove useful to search previously for serous antibodies in order to avoid an unnecessary shot.
The vaccination is available for children at least two months old.
Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis
Get a booster shot before leaving if your last shot is more than ten years old.
Depending on the duration and conditions of the trip to Benin
The immunization is recommended if the stay is occurring in precarious hygiene condition. The immunization is available for children at least 2 years old.
The immunization is recommended for long stays in isolation. The immunization should be given to children as soon as they are able to walk.
Neisseria meningitidis meningitis
The immunization is required for long stays or in case of close contacts with local population in an epidemic area. The immunization is available for children at least 2 years old. Each year, northern Benin is affected by epidemics of bacterial meningitis, especially during the dry season (from December to March), which concerned the Sahel area. Travelers are highly recommended to get immunized (anti-meningococcal vaccine A and B), particularly when travelling in the district of Atacora and Borgou.
In case of a long stay, it is recommended to have children immunized against tuberculosis as soon as they reach the age of one month, and against mumps, measles and rubella when they reach the age of nine months.
Recommended chemoprophylaxis in Benin: mefloquine (commercial name: Lariam) or doxycycline (commercial name: Doxypalu).