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Yellow Fever Vaccine Needed?

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Tue May 29, 2012 6:45 pm Unread post
Does anyone know if a yellow fever vaccine is needed when traveling to South Africa? We have a connection in Gabon for a few hours on our way to SA. There seems to be a new regulation since October 2011 that may give us a problem.

http://www.westerncape.gov.za/eng/direc ... 1594/21089

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/ ... africa.htm shows the following

"Effective October 1, 2011, proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers ≥1 year of age if traveling from or transiting through a country with risk of YFV transmissiona regardless of the amount of time spent at the airport. This requirement also applies to the following countries with low potential for exposure to YFV: São Tomé and Principe, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia , and Eritrea (as of January 1, 2012). Travelers not meeting this requirement can be refused entry to South Africa or be quarantined for up to 6 days. Unvaccinated travelers with a valid medical waiver will be allowed entry."

I don't really want the yellow fever vaccine unless it is really needed! We will try to re-route our trip, but that may not be possible since we leave in mid-July.

thanks...

Janice
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Tue May 29, 2012 8:13 pm Unread post
Janice, I've just checked a couple of the UK Travel Health sites and they report Gabon as a Yellow Fever risk country, so it looks like you'll need the vaccination to get into South Africa, sorry.

http://www.nathnac.org/ds/c_pages/country_page_ZA.htm - recommended by the Foreign Office.
http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/south-africa.aspx - NHS Advice to travellers and Health Professionals.


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Tue May 29, 2012 8:27 pm Unread post
You may want to ask the airline or the CDC if that applies to you. As a transit you stand a tiny bit of a tiny bits chance of contracting it.
You will not go for trips from the airport....


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Tue May 29, 2012 8:44 pm Unread post
..............but you only need a "job's worth" at OR Tambo, and then it's back to where you've come from!! :cry:


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Wed May 30, 2012 7:44 am Unread post
From what I can remember from my days in an airline - if you physically get out of a plane at an airport and then board another one, then you will require a vaccination even if you have not left the terminal buildings. However, if you stay on board the same aircraft then it is not required.
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Wed May 30, 2012 5:34 pm Unread post
Hubby (who travels a lot) says yes, you will definately need a valid yellow fever vac :(

And he adds that they are very sticky about them too .....


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Wed May 30, 2012 6:08 pm Unread post
Thanks p@m. It would be nice if the airline would let you know these things. I am worried about the 1 in 4 chance that I'll be feeling sick for a week after the shot, but spending 6 days in quarantine upon arrival would be worse.

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Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:02 am Unread post
There is an upside to the vaccination - the certificate is valid for 12 years ( or used to be :) )
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