The information below is intended as a guide to the travel vaccinations recommended for this country. When you have booked your consultation, our qualified medical professionals will complete a one-to-one consultation taking into account your medical history, activities, length of travel and risk
Vaccinations for South Africa
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. It is contracted through contact with contaminated food and water. It can also be caught through direct contact with a person who is infected.
Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver. It can be caught by contact with the body fluids, such as blood, of an infected person. Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended in people such as healthcare workers or for travellers considered to be at risk.
DIPHTHERIA, TETANUS AND POLIOMYELITIS
Diphtheria is a bacterial infection, which can cause death. It is spread by coughing and sneezing as well as being in close contact with infected people. Contaminated clothes and bedding are also a source for transmission.
Tetanus is a bacterial disease. Tetanus spores are found in the soil. The disease is contracted when a wound is contaminated by soil containing the spores. It can cause damage to the spinal cord and the brain.
Poliomyelitis (polio) is a viral infection that only occurs in humans. It can cause paralysis. The disease can be contracted mainly through person to person contact as well as through food or water contaminated by infected human faeces.
Typhoid is a bacterial infection contracted through the ingestion of contaminated food or water. Vaccination is recommended for travellers to high risk countries.
Malaria is a parasitic infection contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Visitors to regions high in malaria are at risk.
Cholera is a bacterial disease usually linked to poverty and poor sanitation/ access to clean drinking water. The key symptom is watery diarrhoea.
Rabies is a virus that is contracted by humans usually through a bite, scratch or saliva from an infected animal, such as a dog. Rabies causes death in most people who contract it. The rabies vaccine course is advised for travellers who are going to a high-risk country.
Information about this disease will be available soon.