I'm travelling from South Africa to the UK.
Just asking if I need any shots? Any vaccinations? I'm travelling for 8 days. I leave in a week.
Nothing was said when I applied for a visa and now i'm panicking.
I can't find any government advice from the South African government for South African travellers.
As such, I'll point you to the CDC website, giving advice to American travellers, which only recommends "routine vaccines" - you can follow the link to see what those are for Americans. (With a note that you could also choose to get Hep A (rare but can happen), Hep B (likewise) and Rabies (Last confirmed infection for someone who doesn't work with animals acquired in the UK was 1902, so this seems a somewhat odd recommendation).
You can also see what vaccinations are received by those who live in the UK, at the NHS website here. Note that many of these are not necessary for travellers, and most travellers will have received them in their own country. My quick summary of the list (I may have missed something) is:
- Meningitius A, B, C, W and Y
- Various pneumococcal illnesses
Note that some of these are given because of their risk to small children (they wouldn't otherwise be given for adults), or for diseases that are effectivley or completely eliminated in the UK (eg Polio). Up until reasonably recentley, tuberculosis vaccinations were also given routinely. The presence of a vaccination on this list as given as part of the standard schedule in the UK does not necessarily imply that a traveller would require them before visiting.
As ever, for valid medical advice you should consult a medical professional, ideally one with some knowledge of your medical history. Health issues and vaccinations are almost never mentioned as part of visa applications - it's not the host governments concer to look after your health when visiting. The main expcetion to this is Yellow Fever, which some states require evidence of vaccination against before admitting travellers.
There are no special vaccinations recommended for the UK, the basic recommendations are basically the same as in the rest of European Union and probably South Africa (but I am not sure here). For example take a look at: http://mdtravelhealth.com/destinations/europe/united_kingdom.php