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Staying Healthy In Ethiopia

When it comes to Africa, different nations can be a lot more susceptible to diseases and recurring outbreaks.Unfortunately Ethiopia falls in this category.Health issues facing the country can be devastating for unsuspect

Crime In Ethiopia

Aside from border regions, Ethiopia is a reasonably safe place to travel.While security situations can sometimes crumble and be a disruption to travellers, crime within Ethiopia’s borders isn’t too dangerous.But like

Getting Around In Ethiopia

Africa is notoriously difficulty to get around. The lack of infrastructure, public transport and good roads makes most of the continent a nightmare for travellers.But that’s half the challenge of being in Africa…noth

Recommended vaccinations for Ethiopia

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.

    Yellow fever

    Yellow fever is a virus infection, which cause a serious hepatitis. The vaccine provides protection for 10 years after a single injection. Countries where yellow fever is present are entitled to request a valid certificate documenting a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before entry. The certificate is a stamp in the WHO yellow book.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .

    HIV in Africa

    109 Danes were infected with HIV in Africa between 1991 and 99. Africa is the continent with most HIV infected people. Overall about 8% of the population is infected with infection rates reaching up to 80% in risk groups like prostitutes.


    Meningitis due to meningococcus bacteria infect from person to person through the air. The vaccine protects against infection for 3 years after 1 vaccination. There are two vaccines: One protects only against type A and C. The other protects against A, C, W135 and Y and is used for travel to Saudi Arabia (especially Hajj) and West Africa.


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

    Malaria in Ethiopia

    The choice is between Malarone , Doxycycline  or Lariam . Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further.

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