Vaccinations & preventative medications in South Africa : Before ready on your South Africa vacations tour, you must make yourself familiar with different diseases that are common in South Africa climatic conditions.It is strongly recommended you seek the advice of a travel doctor, who specialises in medicines for the travellers. The following vaccines and medications are recommended for travel to South Africa
-> Hepatitis A vaccine
-> Hepatitis B vaccine
-> Rabies vaccine, if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas
-> Measles vaccine - outbreaks are common – (single vaccine available to babies from 9-months old)
-> Typhoid vaccine, especially if travelling to areas outside major citie
Malaria prevention medicine, if you are travelling to a malaria risk area: Mpumalanga Province , North-eastern KwaZulu-Natal as far south as the Tugela River, Limpopo (Northern) Province, Kruger National Park etc
Protection For Malaria and Dengue Fever
1. Wear long pants and sleeves at dawn and dusk
2. Use mosquito repellent containing DEET
3. Use a permethrin impregnated mosquito net
4. If you are prone to being bitten, lean towards accommodation that can be sealed e.g air-con with no slatted windows nor open eaves.
5. Watch out for rooms with bucket showers/toilets. These tend to have buckets of stagnant water (a mosquito’s beach resort) in the bathroom.
6. Use mosquito coils or other anti-mosquito devices (e.g.., citronella) as a secondary control.
Yellow fever vaccine is not recommended for travel to South Africa