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My wife and I will be going to South Africa with a friend. We are all in our 70s. We are actually taking a tour but it is kind of just us. Our contact person said that the only thing we might want is malaria pills. When we lived in Hanoi, my wife's school paid for shots for diseases of which we had never heard, so we got them all. Since then, we have been back about ten times and never had shots and never got sick. Of course we spend most of our time in Hà Nội and Đà Nẵng though have also been to Cần Thơ, Đà Lạt and Ninh Bình without ill effects. Away from major cities you should be a bit more careful. Side effects may include...........Sold. Thanks to both @Hanoi IG and @italdesign for their balanced opinions. Saigon will move to the very bottom of the list and we'll see it only if there is something nearby that requires a stay (or flight) based out of there.
On a different note, we just got serious about getting Yellow Fever vaccines. This, with S Africa coming up in Sept and this trip to SE Asia in sight. However, there is a warning about folks over 60 getting it for the first time. I'm not there yet, but darn close. You would not be able to tell from looking at her (looks way younger than me), but my wife is 61. While she will check with her personal physician about this (she is in excellent health) ... and not to expand the topic too much ... where might I have troubles if we opt NOT to get Yellow Fever vaccinations? If you know ...
Africa: Cape Town, Kruger NP, Victoria Falls (Zambia for sure, Zimbabwe is a want and an overnight trip to Chobe NP in Botswana.
Asia - all the countries previously mentioned: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. This trip will target places away from major cities! Then there is Southern China.
Crap. I want the vaccine. But we'll have to see what my wife says.