How long before you travel to South Africa do you need vaccinations?
It is best to consult with your doctor or travel health clinic at least 4-6 weeks prior to your departure. They will be able to advise you about any vaccinations that you may need for your trip well before you leave, based on your specific travel plans.
What your doctor will need to know:
- When you plan to travel (time of year/season)
- The duration of your trip
- The regions of South Africa you are visiting
- Your planned activities (i.e. if you are going on safari or visiting remote and/or wilderness areas)
- If you will be in contact with animals
- If you are up-to-date with your routine vaccinations
Your doctor may also conduct a general health check-up. This may be needed for your travel insurance if you have a pre-existing medical condition.
If you are not up-to-date with your routine vaccinations or if the doctor believes you may be at an increased risk of contracting a vaccine-preventable disease, then they may recommend you get a booster or be revaccinated against a particular disease.
Sources & Citations
5. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers Health – South Africa. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/south-africa [accessed 09 April 2020].
6. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel – Travel Immunisation. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/travel-immunisation?viewAsPdf=true [Accessed 09 April 2020].
SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0162(1)a - Date of preparation April 2020