Malaria and Travel Health

Your safety and wellbeing is our most important concern. Every effort will be made to ensure that your visit will be a happy, safe and memorable experience. As in all cities, we ask you to be careful and take the usual precautions.

Directories of travel clinics

Please visit the websites for detailed information and directories of clinics:
South Africa:
Travel doctor SA
SASTM Office Phone: +27 (0)11 025 3297 Enquiries: admin@sastm.org.za
Global:
England, Wales, Northern Ireland
International Society of Travel Medicine

Malaria

  • Malaria risk mainly due to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in almost all areas of Zambia and the Northern parts of Botswana.
  • It is recommended to take malaria prophylaxis. Please check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets.
  • Malaria precautions: Avoid mosquito bites by application of DEET containing repellants (Peaceful Sleep/Tabard) at sunset and before retiring, and when possible sleep under a bed-net.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

  • Yellow fever vaccination is an International Health Regulation requirement for travellers flying from Zambia (or other countries with risk of yellow fever transmission) to South Africa.
  • Yellow fever is spread by mosquito bites.
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 9 months of age coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission. A certificate is also required from travellers who have been in transit for more than 12 hours in the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Who should not get Yellow fever vaccine?

If you do NOT get the vaccination, you will be required to present a waiver letter from your travel clinic. Discuss the Yellow Fever vaccination with your travel doctor
- Infants younger than 6 months of age should not get the vaccine.
- In addition, anyone with a severe allergy to any part of the vaccine, including eggs, chicken proteins, or gelatin should not get the vaccine.
- Anyone who has had a severe reaction to a previous dose of yellow fever vaccine should not be vaccinated again

If you have any of the following conditions, your healthcare provider can help you decide whether you can safely receive the vaccine:
- HIV/AIDS or other disease that affects the immune system
- Weakened immune system as a result of cancer or other medical conditions, transplant, or drug treatment (such as steroids, chemotherapy, or others that affect immune function)
- Thymus disorder
- Adults 60 years of age and older
- Infants 6 - 8 months of age
- Pregnant women and nursing mothers