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Travel Vaccinations For South America

 December 30, 2015  /  Comments Off on Travel Vaccinations For South America

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Travelling to any country that can be considered ‘developing’ can bring with it some risks, and these are not necessarily the fun kind of risks. Even if you will be mostly staying in a cosmopolitan city, there are some differences in countries in South America that you should make yourself aware of before you board the plane. This includes health risks that you can protect yourself against with vaccinations and risks that you can protect yourself from by following certain procedures for dealing with food and hygiene. Here are some tips from our North Vancouver Travel Clinic on how to prepare for safe travels to South America.

Get a Yellow Fever vaccination, especially if you’ll be spending time in a jungle

Some countries in tropical South America will require you to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever in order to get through the border, while in others there is a risk of contracting the virus in only part of the country. Countries where the virus is a concern all over include Paraguay, Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana. Countries where there is a risk in only some parts include Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, and Argentina. If you will be travelling to any of these countries or elsewhere in tropical South America, come see us so we can assess your need to get vaccinated.

Travel Vaccinations For South America

Get vaccinated against rabies–it can be deadly

You don’t need to be out in the wilderness to be at risk for contracting rabies. Any rabid animal who has this viral disease only has to bite you, and you could end up in serious danger if you haven’t been vaccinated.

Note that their flu season starts in June

Since countries in the Southern hemisphere have their winter season at the opposite time as we do, you should protect yourself against the flu if you’ll be travelling there in June or later. See our North Vancouver Travel Clinic to get the vaccination you need so you won’t end up stuck in bed when you should be enjoying yourself.

Watch what you eat and drink

Of course, when you travel you may want to try out some authentic local cuisine, but do remember to keep your wits about you. In general, it’s a good idea to peel any fruits or vegetables you buy from the side of the street before eating or cooking them. As well, do not drink unfiltered tap water–either you buy the water or bring the water filters.

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  • Published: 1 year ago on December 30, 2015
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