Vaccinations in Brazil

 

 

It is very easy to take advantage of the gorgeous nature in Brazil, through walks in lush forests, observing the wildlife or enjoying splendid mountain views.

Preparation always has its merits. To travel through Brazil, routine vaccinations must be up to date. Immunisations for diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and tetanus are usually given in one's first few years of life, but revaccination may be necessary for diphtheria and tetanus.

Recommended vaccinations

Vaccines against mosquito-borne diseases are very much recommended. The malaria vaccine is especially advised for those travelling to the areas of:

  • Acre
  • Amapa
  • Amazonas
  • Maranhao (western part)
  • Mato Grosso (northern part)
  • Para (except Belem City)
  • Rondonia
  • Roraima
  • Tocantins
  • Porto Velho
  • Boa Vista
  • Macapa
  • Manaus
  • Santarem
  • Maraba

In addition, vaccination against yellow fever must be secured for those travelling to or moving to the following areas:

  • Acre
  • Amapa¡
  • Amazonas
  • Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia)
  • Goia¡s
  • Maranhao
  • Mato Grosso
  • Mato Grosso do Sul
  • Minas Gerais, Para¡
  • Ronda's
  • Roraima
  • Tocantins
  • Northwest and West Bahia
  • central and West
  • Parana¡
  • Southwest Paul
  • Northwest and West Central Rio Grande do Sul (including Porto Alegre)
  • Far West Santa Catarina
  • North and South Central Sao Paulo

This vaccine is also required for those travelling from yellow fever infected areas like Africa or the Americas, regardless of destination.

Travellers are recommended to get vaccinations for typhoid fever and hepatitis A, as these are both transmitted via food and drink. Contaminated food or drinks are not uncommon in Brazil, especially in less urbanised areas. This vaccine can be a lifesaver for expatriates who can be classified as more ‘adventurous' eaters.

Expatriates are advised to get vaccinated at least four to six weeks before their departure to Brazil, so the vaccines have plenty of time to take effect. Additional protection can be gained by obtaining international health insurance in Brazil for further coverage.