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#1 Posted : Saturday, February 23, 2019 5:52:05 PM

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Will be on this trip in September 2019. Does anyone have 2019 experience on mandatory vaccinations? I've read that Botswana might require proof of yellow fever vaccine, but the CDC website is indicating it's not required when entering from Zambia. Looks like Hep A, typhoid and malaria are recommended by the CDC, but not mandatory. Really don't want to have unnecessary inoculations, but sure don't want to have an issue on arrival. Many thanks.
#2 Posted : Saturday, February 23, 2019 7:16:12 PM

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We entered Botswana from Zambia and were asked for proof of Yellowfever vaccinations.
If you are traveling out of the US, it’s a good idea to get Hep A as well. If you don’t want to take meds for Malaria, that’s fine, you are not going to be prevented from entering any countries if you are not taking Malaria meds. But when we were in Zambia at the same time of year as you were going, there were lots of mosquitoes even in our room, we got bitten.
#3 Posted : Saturday, February 23, 2019 7:29:25 PM

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Thank you. Really appreciate it.
#4 Posted : Sunday, February 24, 2019 8:27:53 PM

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Bluesky wrote:
Thank you. Really appreciate it.

We have beaten up this subject quite a bit. We have done Africa three times, and asked for proof of yellow fever vaccination once ... it was listed as not required. It is not an easy vaccination to acquire. You will not get it on short notice at your local drug store. There are organizations that will recommend much more, but we got hep A and B, typhoid, yellow fever, and malaria pills. Those were in addition to our ‘normal’ regimen for the U.S. As always, the disclaimer ... talk to your doctor, and don’t rely on this website to make your decisions.
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#5 Posted : Sunday, February 24, 2019 8:47:54 PM

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We got the identical vaccines as Sealord did for Africa. Also keep in mind that both Hep A and Hep B include the basic vaccine and a booster some weeks/months later for the best protection. Timing is critical for these. As Sealord says it's best to check with your doc on all the vaccines.