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Vaccinations? Good/bad/necessary?

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1. Posted by triptime (Respected Member 32 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Heading off around the world in October and have been battling on what vaccinations I have to get/should get. Here is my itinerary:

Brazil (coastal cities around Rio)
New Zealand
Hong Kong
Eastern Europe
Western Europe

Vaccinations I have been flirting with are yellow fever and hepatitis A... any helpful websites/personal experiences that could help?!


2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Check with your local travel clinic--they have all the latest info to help determine what you need. You can never be too safe!

3. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Check out the travel guide which has information on Yellow Fever and Hepatitis A. Both articles also have references to external links like the CDC.

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Definitely head to your local travel clinic. They are pros and can give you all the info that you need. I feel that trusting the opinion of strangers on a forum is irresponsible. Go get advice from doctors.

For places like India and South East Asia, there is more than just HepA that you should be considering. I don't see anywhere on your list that requires Yellow Fever unless you are heading inland in Brazil. But again, a doc can sit you down and discuss the areas that you are going and if you are at risk.

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Izzy!

I agree with everyone about seeing your physician about the vaccinations. But, unlike many other countries - the US does not have specific travel health clinics nor can we get certain vaccinations for free (or even at a very reduced rate). Our private health care system doesn't offer those perks. :(

The US does have specific yellow fever vaccination clinics. To find one near you: CDC Clinic Locator

The CDC updated their yellow fever risk maps earlier this year:

Argentina - the risk areas have been extended for the northern and northeastern regions, including Iguazu Falls.
Brazil - the northern region around Espirito Santo, among others, have been included in the risk area.
Chile - there are no yellow fever risk areas.

Brazil requires a certificate of vaccination for yellow fever is you enter the country from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana, Peru, Surinam, and Venezuela. If you change your travel plans, keep this in mind. Not all travelers are asked to show the certificate but it's a useful piece of paper to have on hand.

I highly recommend both Hep A&B vaccinations. For more information on these two diseases and vaccination schedules:

CDC - Hep A
Wiki - Hep A
CDC - Hep B
Wiki - Hep B

To research all of your destinations and the recommended vaccinations: CDC Destination List

I will also send you a private message with additional information concerning the rest of your destinations. Enjoy your planning!

6. Posted by adell (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I just started my couse of travel jabs today. Its really personal preference with some jabs. In the UK Hep A is usually advised, it was Hep B i was told it was up to me so i decided i better be safer then sorry so im getting it. Im heading inland in Brazil so need yellow fever. As folk have said above your best contacting your local doctor/travel clinic and asking for current info on the jabs and take into consideration what you will be doing on your trip and would you be a risk from certain things.