South Africa: What shots, meds ?

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Nov 9th, 2015, 11:43 AM
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South Africa: What shots, meds ?

I am going on a fairly high-end 10 day trip to South Africa. I have gotten conflicting info on what meds and shots I need to take. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Nov 9th, 2015, 12:54 PM
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I was only told to take anti-malaria pills since I planned to visit Kruger National Park.

South Africa is a wonderful country. Would like to go back again.
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Nov 9th, 2015, 05:00 PM
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When are you traveling? Where? Malaria is seasonal and only in small area areas of S Africa. High end/low end - Mosquitos don't care.
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Nov 10th, 2015, 03:44 AM
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As mentioned, time of year is a factor regarding malaria prophylaxis. In reaching a decision about adequate protection, it's worthwhile to read SaTHNet's (South African National Travel Health Network) expert advice on malaria:

http://www.santhnet.co.za/index.php/...7-malaria.html

Otherwise, no vaccinations are required for entry to SA (provided you didn't visit a Yellow Fever country along the way). A trip such as this is always a good time to make sure you're up to date on the usual shots, such as DPT. The Hep A vaccine is a good one to have in any case as you can get that disease anywhere, no matter the class of trip.
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Nov 12th, 2015, 03:02 AM
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Hi gbs

You really need to consult a travel doctor near where you live as this is quite a specialized field now. They may be overcautious but then you know the risks you are taking in not doing something. Your health is at risk so please seek medical advice!

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Nov 12th, 2015, 05:02 AM
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I second Kaye's advice. I just went to my travel clinic for a visit ahead of my third safari. Since the last time I went, he's now asking about the potential for my exposure to camels, which apparently are carrying a contagious-to-humans respiratory virus. So be warned that there MAY be things you need to know or be checked for that the folks on a travel forum don't know. You're paying for their expertise and very latest intelligence.
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