Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an acute, fever-causing viral disease that usually affects domesticated animals (such as cattle and sheep), but can also infect and cause illness in humans. The majority of human infections are caused by direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.
Travel Vaccinations for Zambia
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Zambia
A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.
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Destination Information for Zambia
Zambia is one of Africa’s favourite safari destinations. This landlocked country located in Southern Africa is home to a dense population of big game, who are found in the country’s 24 national parks and 34 game management areas, some of which rank among the best in the world.
Almost a third of the land in Zambia is dedicated to these reserves. Zambia also boasts one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, shared with neighbouring Zimbabwe. You can visit during the autumn harvest season of March to April, when the falls are at their fullest, and you will be awestruck by their power and by the stunning rainbows created by the water.
If you’re heading out on safari, it’s advisable to join an organised tour, although self-planned travel is possible too. You can travel by 4×4 or river safari, making your way in a canoe along the Zambezi River. There are plenty of good quality safari lodges and campsites available. The capital of Zambia is Lusaka. Visitors tend to come here for restaurants and nightlife, although there is not much in the way of sightseeing. The Soweto Market is huge, and you’ll find everything from clothing to food and medicine. You can also visit the botanical gardens at the Munda Wanga Environmental Park, a peaceful retreat in this noisy, dusty city.
Many people come to Zambia for the festival culture, and there are many religious and traditional festivals that take place throughout the year. Kazanga, taking place in Kaoma, central Zambia, has been celebrated for over 500 years, and is considered to be the oldest celebration of music, dance and other cultural practices.
To help you stay safe on your visit, certain travel vaccinations are recommended for Zambia, including yellow fever, hepatitis A, typhoid and tetanus, diphtheria and polio. Also, because of the malaria risk in the country, it is sensible to take malaria tablets to reduce your risk of infection. Our nurses can advise you on these along with other risk factors
Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:
- Food and water hygiene
- Insect and animal bite avoidances
- Personal safety
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Sun protection
- Altitude sickness
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is advised.