Which vaccinations do I need for travel to Liberia? May 20, 2015 By Will Sowards Leave a Comment Image courtesy of Erik Cleves Kristen on Flickr. Picture this: a tropical climate, golden beaches, exotic wildlife, diverse culture and lush rainforests. If this sounds like your next dream trip, then get ready to explore the coastal nation of Liberia! Located in western Africa, this country is home to four million people and was founded by freed American and Caribbean slaves. Brimming with natural wonders, it also has a rich cultural vibe and plenty for visitors to see. Liberia is well-known for its beaches, most notably surfing beaches near Robertsport or the stretch of beaches surrounding its capital, Monrovia. Visit Silver and Cece beaches for the best experiences, as both are stocked with bars, restaurants, entertainment and family fun. Yearning for a little alone time? Venture past the crowds of Cece beach, where miles of warm sand and sun create the perfect environment for a little solitude. If hiking and adventure is more to your taste, be sure to add Mountain Woligizi to your list! Surrounded by dense jungle, the hiking trail up the mountain leads you to the nation’s highest point. As you make your way to the top, waterfalls and wildlife will be sure to greet you. Once at the top, you will be able to see Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea stretch out before you. Deep-sea fishing is also an option for ocean enthusiasts. Located off the shore of Monrovia, a deep ocean trench is full of big fish for those who want to check that experience off their bucket list. The capital of Monrovia has plenty of sights and attractions for visitors. Come explore the many exhibits at the Liberia National Museum! Right next to the museum is the Centennial Pavilion, a hall built in 1947 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence. With bright Liberia colors and decorations, the hall is also the place for presidential inaugurations. While travel is exciting and provides the opportunity to see new sights and make memories, taking care of your health is important as well. If you plan on traveling to Liberia, please make sure to visit the nearest Passport Health clinic location and make an appointment with a travel medicine specialist. We will be able to ensure you are current with vaccinations, provide travel tips and more. Yellow fever is a risk in Liberia and the CDC recommends the vaccination. In fact, in order to enter the country you must provide proof of a yellow fever vaccination to the government. There is a risk you may come across contaminated food and water. Mosquitoes are common in Liberia as well. Therefore, the CDC highly encourages most travelers receive vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid fever and take medication for malaria. Though Liberia has been officially declared Ebola free, there are still some side effects to consider. Though a measles epidemic has not yet happened in the country, there is a fear that one could take place because of the Ebola outbreak. If you have not already received a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination, it is recommended for travel to West Africa. All other routine vaccinations are also recommended including tetanus, pertussis and flu. Stay healthy and safe while enjoying your trip to Liberia! Check your immunization record, and, if new vaccines are needed, make an appointment with a travel health specialist at least four to six weeks prior to your trip. What attraction in Liberia are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments section below, or via Facebook or Twitter!