Zambia is classified as “low risk” by the World Health Organization for yellow fever. However, if you are traveling from many neighboring countries, you will need to show proof of vaccination. Err on the side of caution by getting vaccinated prior to your departure.
Zambia has many diseases that we have eradicated from the United States. Therefore, making sure you are up to date on all routine vaccination such as polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and chicken pox is extremely important. Consult with your Passport Health professional to ensure you have all necessary vaccinations.
Familiarize yourself with your insurance coverage prior to your departure to know if you are covered while overseas. Zambia has limited medical care, and, in the event of an emergency, it is likely you will have to be evacuated to South Africa, Europe, or the United States. Getting coverage prior to your arrival in Zambia will ensure you are covered should something go wrong.
Rabies is common in Zambia. To protect yourself consider getting the rabies pre-exposure vaccination prior to your departure. While in country, avoid all contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, and baboons.
A number of insect borne diseases are prevalent in Zambia. These include malaria and African trypanosomiasis. Consult with your doctor or visit a Passport Health Clinic to receive all necessary vaccinations to protect yourself during your trip.