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Our South Africa Health Facts will provide some insights on how to protect your health when traveling to South Africa or living in Cape Town.
In South Africa you should take special precautions regarding your health. HIV/Aids are widespread, the risk to contract Hepatitis or Tuberculosis when working in townships or rural areas is prevalent and rabies and typhoid are present in rural areas.
But there are precautions to take, and for most of the more common diseases you can get vaccinations before your travels. So contact your health care provider or a travel health clinic before you move here or get help here at a local travel clinic.
Check that your immunisation record is up to date or get refresher vaccinations. Check that your children's immunistaion programm (DTP, MMR) is also up to date.
Seasonal Influenza is present during the winter months in South Africa as in many other places around the world. There is evidence that not only small children and older or frail people are more at risk, but also teenagers and pregnant women. So if you belong to a high-risk group you should consider the relevant vaccinations.
However you need to plan in certain time for the vaccinations to work. Here is a standard vaccination schedule (discuss this with your health care practitioner!)
To get your vaccination status updated, visit any travel health clinic or enquire with your general practitioner (GP) for advice. You will find more comprehensive immunisation information here.
When already in Cape Town, make sure to have your vaccination card/booklet with you when making an appointment with a local doctor or nurse. These are travel clinics recommended by expats in Cape Town:
Be informed and check your South Africa Health Facts and Information thoroughly. Keep well!
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