Vaccines advised to ALL Botswana visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Botswana visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

There is a risk of Malaria in Botswana. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Destination Information for Botswana

Visitors to Botswana in Southern Africa have a treat in store! The lush landscapes and prolific wildlife make this incredible and vast country one of the world’s go-to destinations for tours, safaris and bird-watching. The iconic African landscape of Botswana evokes images of deserts and wilderness, but there’s also plenty of history and culture to discover along the way.

The plentiful game-reserves and national parks are Botswana’s biggest draw, and cover almost a fifth of the country. The Okavango Delta is a popular place for tourists, at the point where the Okavango River widens, forming the world’s largest delta and attracting animals from miles around. For bird-watching, the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is unbeatable for the sheer variety of birds attracted to the salt pans. For any trip involving a safari, it’s usually beneficial to visit during the dry winter months of May – October, particularly June – August when it is cooler, rain is rare and the malaria risk is lowest.

 

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If you’re interested in the traditions and culture of Botswana, the villages of D'Kar, in the Ghanzi district close to the capital, and Xai-Xai, in the far north of the country, offer tourists the opportunity to sample arts and crafts, and participate in rituals. The Tsodilo Hills in north-west Botswana near the Namibian border are a fascinating place to visit, with the highest concentration of rock art in the world offering a glimpse into human activities and developments since the Stone Age.

 

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria in the northern half of the country and anti-malarial medication is advised. There is low to no risk in the southern half of the country including the city of Gaborone and anti-malarial medication is not normally advised.

Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:

Doxycycline OR Atovaquone/Proguanil OR Mefloquine

If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British High Commission Gaborone
Plot 1079-1084,
Main Mall
off Queens Road,
Gaborone,
Botswana

Email:  bhc@botsnet.bw
Telephone: +267 3952841

Vaccine Information for Botswana

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Typhoid
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • Typhim Vi, single dose injection
  • Vivotif, 3 capsules
  • Viatim, single dose injection of Hepatitis A & Typhoid combined
Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Rabies
Source: Animal to person
Vaccination Details

A course of three injections of the vaccine (Rabies BP or Rabipur) will cover against Rabies and is recommended. In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Course
Price
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£32.00
Disease: Malaria
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

There are a range of different anti-malarial tablets that will be prescribed to travellers based on several factors, including: destination, medical history, family history, current medications, previous problems with anti-malarial tablets, age and pregnancy.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50%+Deet insect repellent
Disease: Chikungunya
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Leishmaniasis
Source: Sandfly
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).
Disease: Brucellosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid eating or drinking unpasteurized milk, cheese, or ice cream (including queso fresco)
Disease: Leptospirosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid swallowing flood waters or water from lakes, rivers, and swamps. Avoid wading in flooded areas, especially if you have any cuts or abrasions
Disease: Schistosomiasis
Source: Parasitic Flatworms in fresh water ponds, lakes, rivers and canals
Our Advice: Avoid swimming or wading in freshwater. Drink safe water
Disease: Trypanosomiasis
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent

Additional Health Risks Information for Botswana

Botswana is a popular destination for British tourists, and most visits are completely trouble-free. Although the spectacular wildlife is a big draw for visitors, it can also occasionally be a hazard, with wildlife on the roads, especially at night. Avoid bathing in lakes and rivers due to the risk of Schistosomiasis caused by a fresh water parasite and the risk from animals which may see you as intruding on their space! Some areas of Botswana are high risk for malaria, so consult a travel clinic for all the necessary vaccines, malaria tablets and travel health advice before travelling.

Crime and attacks on tourists in Botswana is rare, but it does happen. Take care of your personal safety and the security of your belongings just as you would at home. The major towns of Gaborone, Francistown and Maun commonly experience petty crime and more serious incidents. Keep your valuables out of sight, even if you’re travelling by private car, and make use of your hotel safe. Game reserves and tourist areas are generally considered safe and secure.

If you’re travelling to a remote area, take a first aid kid and plenty of bottled water, along with a means of summoning help if necessary. Healthcare facilities in major towns are good, but very limited elsewhere, and communications can be unreliable. Take sensible precautions against mosquitos, use 50% Deet insect repellent, especially if you are trekking or camping in wooded areas.

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