Travel Vaccinations for Botswana

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa with a population of 2 million people and a climate at a high of 38C. The presence of the following diseases in Botswana may urge patients to take preventative measures by receiving these particular vaccines.

The risk of contracting malaria is considered low. However, it is prevalent in the northern regions of Botswana.

 

Who Vaccination Risk When
All patients Measles You can easily catch measles by breathing in droplets, touching a surface the droplets have settled on and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth (the virus can survive on surfaces for a few hours). 6-11 months: 1 dose 4-6 weeks before travel. This dose does not count as the first dose in the routine childhood vaccination series.

12 months or older: 2nd dose must be given 28 days apart.

Most patients Hepatitis A Hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated food or water in Botswana, regardless of where you are eating or staying. 2 weeks before travel.
Most patients Typhoid Typhoid can be contracted through contaminated food or water in Botswana. This vaccine is recommended for most travellers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater. 10 days before travel.
Some patients Hepatitis B Contracted through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products. 2 months before travel.
Some patients Malaria You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you and talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria. Before, during and after travel.
Some patients Rabies Found in mammals such as dogs and bats. Recommended if patient is taking part in outdoor activity that put them at risk of animal bites. 1 month before travel.
Some patients Yellow Fever Required if traveling from a country with risk of YF virus transmission and ≥1 year of age, including transit >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YF virus transmission. 10 days before travel.