This vast rapidly developing country boasts destinations such as Iguazu falls, exotic coastal cities, the Amazon jungle and the wetlands of the Pantanal. Each itinerary carries its own health risks.
The following information provides some broad and general guidelines about health risks and recommendations for travel to Brazil. This should not be taken as a substitute for a personal consultation with one of our travel health doctors, whose advice will be specific for you and your trip and may include some things not mentioned here.
Most Common Health Issues
Observe food and water safety precautions and carry a kit for self-treatment.
Best avoided by taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites, particularly during the daytime in urban areas.
Caused by the same mosquito as dengue fever. Because of the potential effect on the unborn foetus, pregnant women should avoid travel to Brazil, and all women of childbearing age and/or their partner should seek specific advice before travel to this country.
This mosquito born parasite occurs almost exclusively deep in the Amazon rainforest. The need for preventative medication should be discussed with one of our doctors.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirements and Recommendations
This is a very serious but rare mosquito borne disease and occurs in many areas of Brazil. Most travellers to Brazil require the vaccine- either for disease protection, prevention of international spread or for bureaucratic reasons. An internationally recognised certificate is issued as proof of vaccination and should be presented when requested at border crossings. An exemption certificate can be provided where there are medical contraindications to this vaccine.
As well as being up to date for routine childhood vaccines such as tetanus, measles and hepatitis B, the following vaccines are often recommended – Hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies and influenza. Decisions regarding which are most appropriate depend on duration and nature of travel, itinerary, age and underlying medical conditions.
See the Australian government’s website: smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/americas/south/pages/brazil.aspx