Vaccinations for South Africa
If you travel to South Africa it is recommended to take some vaccinations. However, there is no compulsory vaccination for South Africa. Unless you come from a country where Yellow Fever is prevalent. This rule also applies if you make a transfer in a country with Yellow Fever and stay there for 12 hours. Nevertheless, there are some vaccinations for South Africa that are recommended and you can find them below.
Yellow Fever (sometimes required)
A Yellow Fever vaccination is only required if you have been to a Yellow Fever country in the seven days before entering South Africa. This is also mandatory for a transfer that takes longer than 12 hours. However, it is not a bad thing to take this vaccination. Because yellow fever that is transmitted through a mosquito can be serious in 15 percent of cases. The first symptoms are fever, nausea, muscle aches and headaches
DTP or otherwise called Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio. Diphtheria is a disease caused by a bacteria. You can get this disease by coughing. The first symptoms of diphtheria are fever and sore throat. Sometimes there can even be mucus in the throat causing choking. Although diphtheria rarely has a fatal outcome. Polio also has almost the same symptoms and is sometimes also called polio . The most dangerous of these three diseases is undoubtedly Tetanus. Because it can be fatal without treatment. Vaccination against diphtheria must be repeated every 10 years.
Hepatitis A (Recommended)
The next vaccination for South Africa that is not mandatory but is recommended is the Hepatitis A vaccination. Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver that can be contracted by a virus. Hepatitis A can mainly be contracted by poor hygiene. Due to good hygiene in our country, we do not make automatic antibodies against this disease. Something you do get with this vaccination. You must take this vaccination at least two weeks before your trip to South Africa.
The rules regarding covid 19 may change. Therefore, we recommend checking all immunizations for South Africa with the official government websites.
Some other vaccinations for South Africa
In addition to these main vaccinations for South Africa, there are a few other vaccinations that are recommended. Especially when you travel here for a longer period of time. For example, a vaccination against Rabies (rabies) and in some cases Tuberculosis is recommended. Have you not yet received measles or a vaccination against it? Then it is recommended to take a vaccination against this as well.
This list was compiled in October 2019. For an up-to-date list, you should definitely take a look at the Vaccinatiesopreis website. Or you can call the Subtropical Institute , where you can also get all your vaccinations for South Africa.