Yellow fever vaccines no longer needed for Zanzibar

Nobody enjoys getting injections, but we all know it’s a necessary part of travelling - especially when we’re headed to remote corners of the world. Thankfully, there’s now one less injection to worry about when travelling to Zanzibar. In January 2015, the Department of Health announced that South Africans travelling to Tanzania (Zanzibar) no longer need to produce proof of a yellow fever vaccine when re-entering South Africa (the area is considered low-risk). There are, however, still a number of vaccines that are recommended, including Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Tetanus. These need to be administered 10 days before travelling. The Typhoid vaccine is effective for three years, Tetanus for 10 years, while the Hepatitis A vaccine needs to be followed by a booster shot six months later. Zanzibar is a malaria area so appropriate prophylactics are also recommended.

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