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1. Posted by laura_uk (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

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heya, me and my fiancee are off to brazil in july, and planning on visiting argentina, chilie, peru and definatly bolivia! but were not too sure about what jabs to get!
do we need rabies jabs? are they really nesisary? (i have a HUGE needle phobia hehe!)
and what do we do about protecting ourselfs from malaria? not being too sure about where we will be going do we buy some and take with, or do we need to be organised or do we wing it and buy it over there?

any help would be great!
thanks Laura and Dom XxX

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Check here:

Everything is up-to-date on the above site. I wouldn't think maleria would be a problem in South America except in the Amazon area maybe. You definitely don't need as many shots as you'd need some other places. But if you check all the places you want to go at the CDC website you'll get all the Info. you need.

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Justed looked on the CDC site, looks like you do need anti-maleria meds for the tropical northern regions.

4. Posted by Leti Levy (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Unfortunately not only the Malaria is necessary but you have to take also the yellow fever specially for the region you will be visiting.

5. Posted by beppe (Full Member 144 posts) 11y

In Amazonia area for sure you need yellow fever some places in peru area wants the certificate before you start. Also amazonas brasil should be nice to have it. It depends what kind of trip you are used to but i suggest also malaria.


6. Posted by laura_uk (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y

thanks very much guys! we've already had yellow fever jabs (ouch) and we've decided against rabies injections, im sure well be okay...let me know if you think that this is a bad idea.
we're not too sure what to do about malaria tablets, i think we will have to organise a bit more and then see.
its our first 'big trip' and my first time out of england!! so hopefully everything should go well!
thanks guys (feel free to add to the advice already given!)
Laura and Dom XxX

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hi Laura!

Unless you are traveling to these countries to do work in remote areas or work with the wildlife, then no - rabies is not an absolute necessity. This question has been asked in other forums, so here are the links that should asnwer you question(s):

Rabies vaccinations