Travel Vaccinations for Zambia

The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Zambia

Recommended Vaccinations for Zambia at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Cholera, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies

Vaccination Major Risk Factors Course Price
MMR Person-to-Person Course of Two £60
DTaP Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Typhoid Person-to-Person Single Dose £65
Hepatitis A Person-to-Person Single Dose £86
Cholera Person-to-Person Course of Two £47.50
Hepatitis B Person-to-Person Course of Three £66
Yellow Fever Person-to-Person Single Dose £80
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intramuscular £66
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intradermal £66

Zambia is a large Southern African country with some of the best wildlife safari offerings on the planet. It is also a UNESCO World heritage site and boasts one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the majestic Victoria Falls. Known previously as Northern Rhodesia, it became independent Zambia in 1964 and has been on a rocky road to economic reform since then. From broad flat plains, to plateaus and low lying valleys, there is much natural beauty here. If you want something to take home, you can always buy some beautiful traditional pottery, hand-woven baskets or fabric.

There is No Risk of Yellow Fever in Zambia

Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) before travelling.

Advice for Travellers to all Destinations

The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.

All Travellers

All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Most Travellers

Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.

Some Travellers

Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.

Risk of Malaria in Zambia

Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.

There is a risk of Malaria in Zambia.

Malaria Prevention

Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

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Further Travel Health Advice for Zambia

Dengue Fever precautions should be taken in Zambia. Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bites from a specific mosquito, which seems to be most active during daylight. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do is try to avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent and a mosquito net. Our travel nurse will be able to advise you.

Schistosomiasis is a flatworm infection that is known to occur in Zambia. You can get it through contact with affected fresh water streams, rivers or lakes. If you think you may have been exposed to or have contacted Schistomiasis, seek professional medical help.

Zambia has a hot and humid climate with a dry season, a wet season and a hot season. Please check the weather for the period you are travelling, as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions to accommodate the changing weather.

Tap water is not considered safe to drink so drink bottled water and always check the water that food has been washed in. Bottled water although available in cities, is not really available in rural areas.

The Ugandan staple is maize and many traditional meals are maize based. You can find pretty much most western foods in the bigger cities and in hotels although remember your hand sanitizer as not everywhere has a place for you to wash your hands. The traditional drink is maheu if you’re feeling adventurous.

Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites, including Malaria and Dengue Fever which is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, headache and severe joint, bone and muscular pain. Advice for these are listed above.

Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while abroad

Road are not great out here so please bear this in mind. In the rainy season, some parts may be impassable, as roads may have been washed away. Women generally don’t go to bars alone in Zambia and avoid walking alone at night. As with all travel, be aware of your surroundings and always keep your safety as your main priority.