Vaccination Recommendations

Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, etc.

Yellow Fever 
For travelers to Senegal:  For all travelers >9 months of age. Travelers arriving from countries where yellow fever is present to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10 year intervals if there is on-going risk.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)
Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with "standard" tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.

Hepatitis B 
Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission  and who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment, such as for an accident, and for all adults requesting protection from HBV infection.

Typhoid 
Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in West Africa, especially if visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas and staying with friends or relatives where exposure might occur through food or water.

Meningococcal (meningitis) 
Recommended if you plan to visit countries that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease during December through June.

Rabies 
Recommended for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas, involved in activities such as bicycling, camping, hiking, or work. Also, children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with animals and may not report bites.

Polio 
Recommended for adult travelers who have received a primary series with either inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) or oral polio vaccine (OPV). They should receive another dose of IPV before departure.

Malaria
Since we will be traveling from June through August, you will need to take antimalarial drugs. Note: Chloroquine is NOT an effective antimalarial drug in Senegal and should not be taken to prevent malaria in this region.

For more information on Travel Immunizations, see the Senegal page on the Center for Disease Control website, http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinationSenegal.aspx

November 25, 2013

Senegal's new prime minister

Aminata Toure is Senegal's second female prime minister

Though people often question the role of women in Muslim and African countries, Senegal's two women prime minister in its 50 year history is remarkable.