If you are travelling to South Africa, it is recommended to take some vaccinations. However, no vaccination for South Africa is mandatory. Unless you’re from a country where Yellow Fever reigns. This rule also applies when you make a switch in a country with Yellow Fever and stay there for 12 hours. However, there are some vaccinations that are recommended and you can find them below.
Vaccinations for South Africa
Yellow Fever (sometimes mandatory)
An inoculation against Yellow Fever is only mandatory if you have been in a Yellow Fever country in the seven days before you enter South Africa. This is also mandatory for a transfer that lasts more than 12 hours. A list of all Yellow Fever countries can be found here. However, it is not a bad thing to take this vaccination. Because yellow fever that is transmitted through a mosquito can end severely in 15 percent of cases. The first symptoms are fever, nausea, muscle aches and headaches.
DTP or renamed Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio. Diphtheria is a disease caused by a bacterium. You can get this disease over by coughing. In Diphtheria, the first signs are fever and sore throat. Sometimes mucus can even be caused in the throat, making suffocation possible. Although Diphtheria rarely has a fatal outcome. Polio also has almost the same symptoms and is sometimes referred to as childhood paralysis. The most dangerous of these three diseases is undoubtedly Tetanus. Because this one can have a fatal outcome without treatment. A vaccination against Diphtheria should be repeated every 10 years.
Hepatitis A (Recommended)
The next vaccination for South Africa that is not mandatory but recommended is the Hepatitis A vaccination. Hepatitis A is a liver infection that can be contracted by a virus. Hepatitis A can be contracted mainly due to low hygiene. Due to the good hygiene in our country, we do not make automatic antibodies against this disease. So something you get with this vaccination. You must take this vaccination at least two weeks before your trip to South Africa.
Some other vaccinations for South Africa
In addition to these most important vaccinations for South Africa, there are a few other vaccinations that have been recommended. Especially when you travel here for an extended period of time. For example, an inoculation against Rabies (rabies) and in some cases Tuberculosis is recommended. Haven’t you gotten measles or an inoculation against this yet? Then it is recommended to take an inoculation against this too.
This list was compiled in October 2019. For a list that is up-to-date you should definitely check out the website of Vaccinationsreis. Or you can call the Subtropical Institute, where you can also get all your vaccinations for South Africa.