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1. Posted by crazylegs (Budding Member 52 posts) 8y

What injections should you have for South America? Will they let you in to Brazil if you haven't had the Yellow Fever Vaccine?

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 8y

Will they let you in to Brazil if you haven't had the Yellow Fever Vaccine?

I found they would let me in and out of Brazil just fine - it was arriving back in Australia that I had difficulties.

3. Posted by sdaltrey (Budding Member 68 posts) 8y

For Brazil, I don´t think they will let you through without the yellow fever vaccine, but at some borders they can give you the jab on the spot.

For other injections check with your local doctor as they usually have a guide.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Hey Crazylegs!

There are a few things to consider here as SA is a very big place...

  • What is your itinerary for SA?
  • What is your (tentative) route - which countries into which countries?
  • Will you be taking the "road less traveled" or the more "well traveled" routes?
  • How long will you be in SA?
  • Will you have been in a yellow fever endemic area within 3-6 months prior to SA?

Having answers to some of these questions will aid members in giving more specific information. Not all vaccinations are needed for all countries in SA. If you will be skipping particular ones, you may not need certain inoculations. I am taking for granted that you will be doing a backpacking trip so please correct me if I am wrong.

As for the yellow fever certificate issue - it will depend on your point of entry, the officials at that particular part of the border and where you have been recently (prior to this trip). Some people never are asked for the certificate while others are asked each time they enter.

Anyway, if you could elaborate a bit more on your plans, it would be helpful in answering. Thanks!

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Quoting sdaltrey

For Brazil, I don´t think they will let you through without the yellow fever vaccine, but at some borders they can give you the jab on the spot.

I was worried about this because my bag got stolen which had my yellow fever certificate in to prove I'd had the vaccination. When I arrived in Brazil I didn't get questioned or anything regarding Yellow Fever. After that I headed to Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Jamaica, USA and Australia and not once was I asked about the Yellow Fever vaccination or the certificate I was meant to have on me. I suspect that had the US been my next place of arrival instead of a few countries afterwards things may have been different as it would have had I travelled to Australia or Canada straight afterwards.

You should not use this travel forum to get information regarding injections as what is recommended changes regularly with different outbreaks of disease in different places. You need to spend the bit of money and visit your travel doctor who knows when these outbreaks have occured etc and are medically qualified to give you the information regarding vaccinations.

6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

even the dont ask at the borders (I was also never asked) it is better to have them,just in case.
what I never will understand is that travellers will spend a lot for equipment,electronic stuff,tickets......but if means spending for theyre own health the start crying.
yes it is not cheap to have the Hepatitis shots or the yellow fever(good for 10 years)
and take the Tetanus.
Health and well being should have priority while in foreign countrys.

my 5 cents
Marlis

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting marlis

what I never will understand is that travellers will spend a lot for equipment,electronic stuff,tickets......but if means spending for theyre own health the start crying.
yes it is not cheap to have the Hepatitis shots or the yellow fever(good for 10 years)
and take the Tetanus.
Health and well being should have priority while in foreign countrys.

my 5 cents
Marlis

Marlis, I wholeheartedly agree with you on this one. It does seem that travelers tend to spend their money for their equipment first, before checking out what their vaccinations will cost them, then are concerned because they cost soooo much. I'm a firm believer in being pro-active in your own health care - if it means taking the jabs and paying the price - so be it. But, I digress.

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Quoting aharrold45

You should not use this travel forum to get information regarding injections as what is recommended changes regularly with different outbreaks of disease in different places. You need to spend the bit of money and visit your travel doctor who knows when these outbreaks have occured etc and are medically qualified to give you the information regarding vaccinations.

Though I firmly believe and (try to) stress the need for members to work with their own physicians and/or travel health clinics regarding their travel needs, I disagree with the above statement for these reasons:

  • There are several members who work/have worked in the medical field, know how and where to find the most recent updates, and reply to these types of questions regularly.
  • TP has encouraged the creation of a Travel Health section in the Travel Guide for just these types of inquiries.
  • I'll stop here before pontificating further and return this thread to it's regularly scheduled topic.
8. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 8y

It does seem that travelers tend to spend their money for their equipment first, before checking out what their vaccinations will cost them, then are concerned because they cost soooo much. I'm a firm believer in being pro-active in your own health care - if it means taking the jabs and paying the price - so be it.

I definately agree with you on this one Isadora and I'd add that as travellers it's sometimes worth thinking of the possible long-term costs instead of just the immediate cost of the vaccination. Whenever I cringe at the cost of a vaccination, I remind myself of how much more it might cost me in medical expenses and worse, lost travel time, if I actually contracted one of the diseases I'm about to be vaccinated against.

Of course everyone has their own opinions about vaccinations, but for me if getting a simple jab can help prevent me spending part of my trip incapacitated, then bring it on! Anything to ensure I maximise my time on the road.