If you’re planning on travelling to South Africa in the near future, you will need to consider what travel vaccines you may need to have. For any one based in London and in need of travel vaccinations for South Africa, be sure to head to Broadgate GP’s travel clinic.
We offer a convenient walk-in service meaning you don’t need to wait for an appointment. There are a number of South Africa travel vaccines that you might need to help prevent the contraction of particular diseases.
Whilst not all vaccinations are needed, it’s always advisable to ensure you have had the latest vaccine or booster to ensure you’re fully protected against harmful diseases. Some of the South Africa travel vaccines you may need include:
Travel vaccinations for South Africa are designed to protect you and help to ensure your holiday or business trip run smoothly. Some vaccinations for South Africa can be taken a day before travelling whereas others are needed weeks before travelling. Our team at Broadgate GP will help to ensure that you have all the correct vaccinations for travel.
There is a year-round risk of Malaria in South Africa; but it is at its height in the months from September through to May. There are no travel vaccines that offer immunity to Malaria. This means that it is necessary to take preventative precautions which include wearing long sleeved clothing, with long trousers.
You should also apply mosquito repellent to any areas of exposed skin. It is also advisable to ensure you sleep under a treated mosquito net. Taking anti-malarial tablets with you may also be advisable and these should start 3 weeks before travelling.
The type of vaccination you’ll need for South Africa will depend on a number of factors. This that will be taken into consideration include:
Like most countries, South Africa has special rules and regulations about Yellow Fever. Any travellers 1 year of age and above, will need to be able to provide a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate if they are arriving from any countries that have a known risk of Yellow Fever transmission. This also applies if arrivals who have spent 12 hours or more during transit, in the airport of a country listed as having a risk of Yellow Fever transmission. Some of the specific areas you’ll need to ensure you have yellow fever protection against include:
It is advised that you should have the travel vaccines you need administered some 6 to 8 weeks before you are due to travel. There is no hard and fast rule about this, but the important thing is that there should be sufficient time to have a course of vaccinations) where vaccines are administered in courses of 2 or 3 shots) and that there is enough time for your immune system to develop sufficient antibodies to provide full immunity. If you are in any doubt, you can chat to one of our doctors here at Broadgate GP London.
Dengue Fever is another mosquito borne disease that you may be exposed to during your stay in South Africa. This is another disease for which no effective travel vaccines have yet been developed. You should employ the same precautionary measures as described above against being bitten by mosquitoes.
Schistosomiasis, which is also known as Bilharzia, is a parasitic infection that you can catch through skin contact with infected water, if you bathe, paddle or swim in freshwater lakes and streams in South Africa. If you do become infected, the parasites, having burrowed into your skin, will develop into worms which grow to anywhere from 5mm to 20mm in length.
These worms inhabit the blood vessels in the bladder, bowel, genital tract, kidneys and liver. In many instances the disease remains undiagnosed until it has done significant damage. Once it has been diagnosed, Schistosomiasis is treated with an oral medication like Praziquantel.