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Eswatini (Swaziland) Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Diphtheria Sometimes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Malaria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Typhoid Yes
Yellow Fever No*

* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers arriving from an infected area.

Health Care

Eswatini (Swaziland) has extensive medical facilities, with hospitals and clinics available in all major towns. Since Government hospitals are often stretched to the limit – mostly due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic – you are more likely to receive reliable care at private facilities such as the Mbabame Clinic. Dentists and general practitioners are widely available, and all main towns have pharmacies. Up to date health insurance is recommended. Personal medications may be brought into the country, but a doctor's note is advisable in case of questioning by authorities.

Food and Drink

Water is safe to drink in all main towns, but should be avoided in more rural communities. Bottled water is widely available throughout the country. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption; exercise caution if you are unsure of the milk’s origin. Only eat meat and fish that has been cooked well and is served hot. Vegetables should be cooked thoroughly and fruit should be peeled.

Other Risks

Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. Swimming pools that are well chlorinated and maintained are safe.

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