You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, especially if you are visiting low-altitude areas.
CDC recommends this vaccine if you plan to visit parts of Eritrea located in the meningitis belt during the dry season (December–June), when the disease is most common.
Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Eritrea, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:
- Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
- People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
- People who are taking long trips or moving to Eritrea
- Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
- Yellow Fever
Health recommendation: CDC does not recommend yellow fever vaccine for most travelers to Eritrea. However, you might consider this vaccine if you are staying a long time or will be heavily exposed to mosquitoes.