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Old May 13th 2008, 11:39 am
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Hi,

I'm going to South Africa for work next month, and wanted to know if I need any shots, etc. I was raised in London, and had all the usually vaccinations, but not sure what's necessary for South Africa. If you have any experience, I'd love to hear it. Thanks!
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Not sure why you think anyone here would know.

You can get info about this sort of thing from the NHS Direct website.
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Not sure why you think anyone here would know.

You can get info about this sort of thing from the NHS Direct website.
i've been - all I can remember is the malaria tablets. As Meow says though, a GP should be the one telling you.

I don't remember any injections though.

Where are you going to work? its a beautiful country.
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I'm going to a conference in Johannesburg. I've added a couple of days on to my trip to poke around a little bit. I'm really excited...I just don't, ya know, what to get malaria and die =)
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I'm going to a conference in Johannesburg. I've added a couple of days on to my trip to poke around a little bit. I'm really excited...I just don't, ya know, what to get malaria and die =)
I'll make no bones - Jo'burg is where i came from and parts of it are - well, dodgy. You'll enjoy it though and you'll experience some sites. be careful downtown - the locals aren't all that welcoming to white people but don't assume everyone is bad.

I went back to Cape Town a few years ago and fell in love with it. Wanna go back next year now. Anyone thinking of going should just get it booked.

oh, make sure you get some biltong. Its the best thing ever. Gutted we can't get it in the UK. Do you get anything similar in Dubai? Its basically just cured and spiced beef. Steaks are also amazing there - in fact, most red meats are.

Shame you couldn't stay longer and get over to Sun City and the Kruger park.

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niltong? You mean biltong?

It is sold in some places in the UK and yes, you can get it in Dubai.
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niltong? You mean biltong?

It is sold in some places in the UK and yes, you can get it in Dubai.
yeah sorry, fat fingers (me).

you can get it in Selfridges over here - if you're willing to sell a kidney to pay for it.
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I'm going to a conference in Johannesburg. I've added a couple of days on to my trip to poke around a little bit. I'm really excited...I just don't, ya know, what to get malaria and die =)
I wouldn't worry about medical shots...but gunfire shots are another story. In all seriousness, you are extremely lucky to see J'burg at the company's expense. As for Cape Town, I agree (for once) with Ceebee...its a wonderful place to visit. In my ignorance I strolled around the city centre most nights during a stay a few years back and never once came across any violence, only hospitality and amazingly pretty women.
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I agree (for once) with Ceebee.
its about time too
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Not sure why you think anyone here would know.

You can get info about this sort of thing from the NHS Direct website.
helpful as usual.
maybe someone here might have actually visited there! stranger things have happened
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Originally Posted by Inselaffen View Post
helpful as usual.
maybe someone here might have actually visited there! stranger things have happened
But why not ask on the African forum or would that have been too obvious?
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helpful as usual.
maybe someone here might have actually visited there! stranger things have happened



Which bit of 'look at the NHS website' is unhelpful then?

Such a hypocrite. If certain posters had made the same comment you'd have been fawning over them. As usual.

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http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/articles...&sectionId=154

friends of mine have visited recently and didn't require any vaccinations, I lived there as a kid and remember having to have tetanus before we moved there.
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I rather like reading Meow's posts but hey I'll keep me nose out before the BE mafia come gunning for me.

I wouldn't worry to much about the shots for SA. if anything will happen to you the shots won't be of any use whatsoever. have a look at the SA section on here but wear your hard hat before you enter the room.
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I rather like reading Meow's posts but hey I'll keep me nose out before the BE mafia come gunning for me.

I wouldn't worry to much about the shots for SA. if anything will happen to you the shots won't be of any use whatsoever. have a look at the SA section on here but wear your hard hat before you enter the room.
they are bug guns too!
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