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A number of infectious diseases are prevalent in Nigeria. Untreated water, ice and unpeeled fruits and raw vegetables should be avoided. Visitors can be turned back at the port of entry if their yellow fever immunization is not current. Regular use of anti-malarial drugs is strongly recommended, and dosing should begin prior to arrival in Nigeria and continue after departure for each medicine’s prescribed length of time. Vaccinations for cholera, typhoid, tetanus, meningitis and protection against hepatitis are also strongly suggested. Visitors should consult their physician or local health authorities about the current inoculations recommended and required before a visit to Nigeria.
Medical facilities are available in Nigeria, but in practice, foreign business visitors normally restrict themselves to private clinics, available in large urban areas. Many common household medicines and some prescription drugs are locally available, but the business traveler should carry an ample supply of any special medications required and only use reputable pharmacies when purchasing medicines.