IMPORTANT VACCINE UPDATE: Zambia requires a Yellow Fever vaccine ONLY if you travel through countries considered a high risk. For example if you travel through Nairobi in Kenya, you will need a yellow fever card. This vaccine can be difficult to get from your local health department, so contact them immediately. The Yellow Fever vaccine is currently valid for 10 years. Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana are not Yellow Fever Risk zones.
One of the first things you have to be aware of on any international trip is the necessary vaccines. Some of the vaccines are hard to get in a quick time frame. Please make sure you read and check the CDC website for information on vaccines immediately.
As we travel internationally, we may be exposed to certain diseases that are rare in the United States. Fortunately, the risk of catching these diseases is still quite low since we will be on site for only a short time and will be eating properly prepared food, etc. However, since it is impossible to eliminate all risk, there are a variety of vaccines and immunizations that provide prevention against many of the most serious infectious diseases in the world that we ask each delegation member consider receiving.
Please consult the Centers for Disease Control website for vaccines and immunizations that are recommended for Zambia. The CDC recommends most travelers be up-to-date on measles as well as your routine vaccines such as MMR. In addition, most travelers get Hepatitis A and Typhoid and some take a Malaria prophylactic.