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South Africa jabs

Hi I am going to South Africa next summer and we’re thinking of going to Cape Town, going via Johannesburg after staying at Mhondoro lodge, then Zimbabwe. I was just wondering what vaccinations are required? I know some are just recommendations but which are advised for safety? (Ie hepatitis A and B, typhoid ..) I know yellow fever is only required if passing through certain places- does anyone know where these countries are? Just wanting to know so I can get a general idea of how much money to set aside too.

Will I also need to take anti malaria tablets for the countries I’m going to? Thanks a lot!

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This should be helpful:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/find-clinic

Vaccinations you should get depend not only on which might be required but others which a physician which specializes in travel medicine might recommend for your specific situation (e.g. any preexisting conditions.) The countries which require yellow fever vaccinations can be found on the site linked above as well (doesn't look like it is for S. Africa or Zimbabwe.)

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Thanks guys, I will be travelling from Cape Town / Johannesburg to Zimbabwe and I don’t think that is a country where yellow fever is so therefore would yellow fever be required?

Thanks!

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Vaccinations recommended or required for South Africa...
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/south-africa

...and for Zimbabwe;
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/zimbabwe

In both cases, the CDC states that a Yellow Fever vaccination is only required, "...if traveling from a country with risk of YF virus transmission and ≥9 months (Zimbabwe) or ≥1 year (S. Africa) of age, including transit >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YF virus transmission."

Reference also:
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2020/preparing-international-travelers/yellow-fever-vaccine-and-malaria-prophylaxis-information-by-country

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using the term "jab" sounds more British than American to me.

If that's true, what's required or suggested from a different point of origin may be different.

Have you asked your GP?

If there is a vaccine for Covid-19 by then you may be required to have it or other regulations such as quarantine. The virus seems most active in the winter and the southern hemisphere winter corresponds to summer in Europe or North America.

Do you mean South African summer or home country (wherever that is) summer?

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Yes sorry I should have specified I’m from the UK. I’ll be going in July/ August so it’ll be their winter.

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We went last year and I had to take 2 shots - don't remember which ones. Also purchased anti-malaria medicine but after reading the label decided not to take it due to potential side effects - and our safari area (KwaZulu-Natal) didn't have malaria. Don't waste your money on the anti-malaria stuff unless you know you're going to need it (might in Zimbabwe). BTW - Cape Town and the wine country are great!!! Safari is exciting but curated although they try not to let you know.

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If you are going to get the typhoid vaccine, get it in pill form as it gives longer immunity and is preferable to a jab.

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Thanks for the advice guys! What do you mean by curated? We’re thinking of doing a volunteering project in Zimbabwe working with horses for two weeks and going to Cape Town for 2 weeks! Very excited :)

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I’m not sure what curated means either in the sense of a safari? Did your guides arrange animals to present according to a script?

We’ve done a few and we’re not always able to find animals each day. Do you mean curated in the form of scouts out looking and alerting your guide where to find, say lions? If so, that’s great customer service.

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I completely misunderstood the title of this. Read it to mean disparaging remarks about South Africa. Anyway, made me look! ;-)

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As Nigel mentioned, I also wondered about your terminology for "jabs". Thanks for the clarification on your location.

In addition to the websites mentioned, you may also get some good information from this website - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa .

I've found this is also an excellent website for travel health information - https://www.iamat.org/ (they offer memberships for a very reasonable cost, which provide additional benefits).

If you require Malaria prophylaxis, I would be extremely careful if the health agency you're dealing with recommends Lariam (Mefloquine). It's popular with some as it only has to be taken once a week, but it can present severe psychological side effects in some people (in some cases permanent effects). Lariam is the subject of class action lawsuits against the British and Canadian military - https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/thousands-of-military-personnel-express-interest-in-lariam-claims-/5064467.article . And this in Canada - https://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/romeo-dallaire-joining-lawsuit-against-government-over-anti-malaria-drug-1.4645769 . There are also suits pending in the U.S. - https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/12/12/navy-seal-sues-roche-over-malaria-drug-claiming-it-left-him-permanently-disabled.html .

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They try to make you feel like you're randomly coming across the animals but in reality you're on somewhat of a guided tour. After a few days you realize they kind of plan what you're going to see each day. In other words, you're not quite out in the wild as much as it appears. Nevertheless, it was a great experience.

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On another note for Zimbabwe - I’m going there for 2 weeks how much money would be advisable to take? I will be doing a volunteer programme where most flights and trips will be paid for, accommodation is sorted, as is the food so spending money wise I probably wouldn’t need a great deal.
Also what currency is preferred? I know there is the RTGS the Zimbabwe dollar but when I was researching I got a bit confused at whether this was still in circulation and it doesn’t seem to be available to buy now (I think due to a shortage), i know that atms over there aren’t known to be very reliable so I thought it best to have some cash already. Does anyone know if I could use my revolut card as a debit over there too? Thanks in advance.

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Does anyone know if I could use my revolut card

What, exactly, is a "revolut card"?

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A revolut card is a pre paid debit card that can hold international currencies, You can use it for chip and pin, for drawing out money at ATM’s and using it as a current account to save your money. You end up not being charged for extra costs like you would be with a credit card
:)

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Most debit, credit, and prepaid cards that can be used worldwide are branded with either Visa or MasterCard. Not sure where the card you are asking about is from, but I have never heard of it (I worked for a major card network for 30 years and we dealt with all of them including AmEx and Discover, Electron, and JBC and many others). Whoever issued the card to you will have to answer the question on where it can be used.