Safari - Shots?

Apr 17th, 2011, 07:47 AM
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Safari - Shots?

Do I need a yellow fever shot for South Africa? I am in Cape Town 7 days and Sabi Sands 4 days? I know I need Malaria pills...unsure of the yf shot though
(also never had Hep vaccine, was told I do not need that, no time really as I leave next week). thanks
jebb is offline  
Apr 17th, 2011, 09:38 AM
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No, you don't need a yellow fever shot. My husband and I have been to South Africa more than a dozen times, and have never had yellow fever shots.

Have a great time!

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Apr 17th, 2011, 12:51 PM
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As long as you're NOT arriving from a Yellow Fever endemic country, i.e., sub-saharan Africa and/or some South American countries you will not require YF for entry to South Africa.

Arriving direct from the States, Canada, Europe, Australia - no need.

As to Hep-A, Tetanus (both good for 10/yrs) or Polio Booster (good for lifetime)... travelers anywhere, even if not leaving your home country, should be current on such inocs that most of us haven't had since childhood. Easy enough to contract Tetanus and Hep-A, at home. Consider doing so when you return from South Africa.

Enjoy your holiday!
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Apr 17th, 2011, 01:17 PM
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Agree with sandi. You should have all those anyway.

regards - tom
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Apr 19th, 2011, 02:45 PM
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thank you so much for your replies! great advice.
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