South Africa Vaccinations?


Jul 28th, 2005, 06:42 PM
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South Africa Vaccinations?

We will be in Kruger area then Capetown in March. I am concerned b/c I have seen yellow fever listed as a "required" vaccination. However, my county health dept. informed me that they do not rec. this vaccine for that area. (I also checked with one area travel dr.). Everything that I have read online states the opposite.(the dr. told me this was out of date info)
Does anyone have up to date guideline of vaccinations for South Africa?
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Jul 28th, 2005, 06:48 PM
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Also one additional question.
We are taking a flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town. I have seen prior posts about baggage limits. Our flight is on South African Airways (however on our travel documents it states an Airbus, which I thought was rather large). Our limits would be normal, correct?
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Jul 29th, 2005, 02:57 AM
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A yellow fever vaccination certificate is not required for anywhere in South Africa (and once you arrive it's irrelevant), nor is innoculation required. I think you need a cert if you have come from a fever-endemic country.

See this page of the SAA website for baggage info:

You are right, they are "normal" for flights where is is determined by mass.
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Jul 29th, 2005, 03:41 AM
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I second what Arthur wrote -- yellow fever is most certainly NOT needed unless you are coming from an area where it is endemic. I just came back from Londoz (Sabi Sands) and I have never had a yellow fever vaccination or been asked for proof of vaccination.

When it comes to medical advice, trust a doctor, not the Internet -- there is a huge amount of incorrect and/or out of date medical information on the Internet. I'm a doctor myself, and I see this a sort of thing a lot.

Enjoy your trip!

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