West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.
Travel Vaccinations for Brazil
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Brazil
A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.
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Destination Information for Brazil
Brazil is a vibrant country full of music, fun, vitality and everything you need to have a fantastic holiday. It is South America’s largest country with a large atmosphere to go with it. Why not sit on the beach sipping a cocktail, visit the historic towns, explore the Amazonian rainforests or just sit back and take in the sights. Brazil has a year round warm climate, perfect for topping up that tan. The seasons in Brazil are the opposite of the seasons we have here in the UK – summer is from December to February, and winter is from June to August, making Brazil a great country for a winter getaway.
When visiting Brazil, you can hike through the National Parks or enjoy the carnivals, street parties and festivals which happen throughout the year. The Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador this year, and there are plenty of hotels and villas to stay in within easy reach of the stadiums, so be aware: Brazil will become a very popular place to visit during the Games! Make sure you book your stay early and plan your itinerary accordingly.
As you relax in the Brazilian sunshine, make sure you have received the appropriate travel vaccinations before departure. Yellow fever is high-risk in many parts of Brazil and outbreaks do occur please check with your specialist on what vaccines you need to protect you.
Hepatitis A, Typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccines are recommended to all travellers. Rabies is high-risk in this country and malaria evident in parts of the country. Our specialist travel nurses will identify exactly what you need for your trip.
Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:
Additional Health Risks Information for Brazil
All travellers to Brazil should take sensible health precautions by reducing exposure to germs, choosing safe food and drink, preventing insect bites and avoiding sharing bodily fluids. Brazil is currently experiencing an outbreak of the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should not travel to Brazil. Some parts of Brazil are risk areas for Yellow Fever: a vaccination certificate is required for all travellers in order to enter the country.
Wherever you’re visiting in Brazil, whether it’s a big city or a remote area, make sure you do your research on your destination. Carry a list of useful phone numbers, and ensure you know how to get help in an emergency. You can minimise the risk to your personal safety by making sure you always travel as part of a group, following local laws and customs, and avoiding wearing flashy or obviously valuable items. During busy times such as the Carnival and festival periods, be extra vigilant with your personal possessions.
Some areas of Brazil have particular high altitude, such as the Guiana Highlands on the border with Venezuela, while others have low altitude. Be aware of the effects the change in altitude may have on your body and take time to acclimatise properly. You should make sure you know the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness, as this can be very dangerous.