Tanzania and no Yellow Fever Vaccine


Aug 19th, 2013, 09:34 AM
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We got the Yellow Fever shots 2 years ago when we went to Zambia which at that time required it but I don't think it does now. We were told by a recognized African Safari expert (who has written books on Africa) that if we didn't get it here (in the states)that some countries (including Zambia) often required you to take it at the border. That said, we definitely didn't want to have to do that and wouldn't have even if we'd missed entering the country. Also, he said that if you got past the requirements entering and leaving that country that at least in the US you could be quarantined for up to 90 days before you could re-enter the US and that didn't sound inviting either. I too, have a very serious Immune System disorder, but I decided to take it rather than take the risk. I know everyone has to make their own decision, but that was mine.
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Aug 19th, 2013, 11:59 AM
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Caroline -
Do people stay up nights thinking of some of these comments only to scare the bejesus out of travelers... Safari specialist or not, wow! Sounds like whomever this person is, needed a few more words to complete his 'book.' Duh!

If you have the YF inoc with the worldwide WHO accepted YF card (even if the 'waiver' section completed), Zambia has to accept and does not give you another. Nor if you did have the YF jab in another country, would the US verify for re-entry to the US, let alone quarantine citizens... where? In jail with 'offenders' of some sort? We can't even keep track to visitors who have overstayed their Visas... they simply get lost. And, remember, YF cannot exist let alone survive in the US (other northern hemisphere countries).
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Aug 20th, 2013, 05:55 PM
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Hi Kaye,

I just got back from Tanzania and the did not question the YF vaccine at all

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Aug 20th, 2013, 06:08 PM
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Lynn, what was your flight itinerary to Tanzania? I ask because the stops along the way can impact whether officials ask for proof of vaccine.
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Aug 21st, 2013, 12:41 PM
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Like if you flew Ethiopian and stopped in Addis or Nairobi... they'll ask for sure. If direct from Amsterdam, might not ask. It always varies, but better to have the jab or waiver as the last thing one wants to deal with arriving on holiday anywhere... having an argument with a rep in uniform with possibly a pistol on his/her hip.
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