South African Healthcare

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Before visiting South Africa, you may need to get the following vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination: (Note: Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities.)
To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent malaria, if you need it.
Even if you have less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines, anti-malaria drugs and
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|Typhoid |Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in Southern Africa, especially if |
| |visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas and staying with friends or relatives where exposure |
| |might occur through food or water. |
|Rabies |Recommended for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas, involved in |
| |activities such as bicycling, camping, or hiking. Also recommended for travelers with significant |
| |occupational risks (such as veterinarians), for long-term travelers and expatriates living in areas with|
| |a significant risk of exposure, and for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into |
| |direct contact with bats, carnivores, and other mammals. Children are considered at higher risk because |
| |they tend to play with animals, may receive more severe bites, or may not report bites. |

Malaria

Areas of South Africa with Malaria: Present in the Mpumalanga Province, Limpopo (Northern) Province, and northeastern KwaZulu-Natal as far south as the Tugela River. Present
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