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Adults traveling to South Africa from a yellow fever endemic area, such as Argentinians, Brazilians, Colombians, Paraguayans and Venezuelans, among others, will be required to present an international yellow fever vaccination certificate upon entering the country. The same applies to passengers with passports of other nationalities but residing in these countries. For more information visit the Consular Section.
All persons arriving in South Africa from a Yellow Fever endemic area (including transit passengers) must present the International Certificate of Vaccination or an exemption certificate. It is recommended that the required vaccinations be administered four to six weeks prior to travel to South Africa (a yellow fever vaccination certificate is valid only 10 days after vaccination and has lifetime coverage).
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Traveling to African countries for tourism or volunteering is becoming increasingly popular, but it entails taking a series of health precautions and being aware that we will have to change some of the habits that come most naturally to us.
The specialist advises a first consultation with the family doctor to obtain general information. Afterwards, it would be advisable to go to a specialist at an international vaccination center, dependent on the Ministry of Health, which we can find in our city.
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Traveling is wonderful but sometimes it is necessary to take a series of precautions before doing so. To travel to any country in the African continent, a previous vaccination is usually necessary, in addition to taking into account other factors such as contaminated water or the high presence of other diseases such as AIDS.
1. Kenya: Yellow Fever is a compulsory vaccine, while Hepatitis A, Tetanus-diphtheria, Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, and Triple Virus are generally recommended. Depending on the situation, there would also be Cholera, Typhoid Fever, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Poliomyelitis, Influenza, Pneumococcal, Meningococcal. In addition, the risk of contracting malaria is high, so it is recommended to take a preventive treatment a few days before traveling and upon return. All this, always consulting with your doctor.
2. Tanzania: as in the previous case, the Yellow Fever vaccine is mandatory, being recommended others such as Typhoid Fever, Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus-diphtheria, Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, Triple Viral. In special cases: Cholera, Rabies, Influenza, Pneumococcal and Poliomyelitis. Malaria is also high in the country.
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It is also important to find out about the health coverage of the country of destination and our health insurance. It is also important to seek advice on what food to eat or what hygiene measures to take.
Africa is a continent with a wide diversity of fauna, landscapes, traditions and customs. The contrasts from rural areas to urban areas are remarkable, you can go from a place full of vegetation to large deserts. Special care should be taken with the origin of food and drink.
The recommended vaccinations are those that are recommended because of the probability of contracting the disease in the country of destination. Africa, with its diversity of countries, recommends vaccination against poliomyelitis, yellow fever (for those older than 9 months), tetanus-diphtheria, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, cholera or meningococcal meningitis (in some countries such as Libya).
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