Vaccines advised to ALL Chile visitors

Vaccination
Course
Per Dose

Vaccines advised to SOME Chile visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Destination Information for Chile

The long, narrow country of Chile stretches along the West edge of South America, bordering Peru in the North, and Bolivia and Argentina to its Eastern edge. The shape and size of the country means it has a huge Pacific Ocean coastline, covering over 6,000km. The heart of the country is the central region, home to the capital, Santiago, as well as famous vineyards and some of South America’s greatest ski resorts.

The extreme South of the country includes Punta Arenas, one of the world’s most Southerly cities. To the West is Easter Island and one of the most mysterious indigenous civilisations on the planet.
Chile is known as one of the world’s best adventure tourism destinations. Whether you’re after a road trip on the scenic Carretera Austral, riding the waves at Pichilemu, Chile’s top surfing destination, or climbing in the Torres del Paine National Park, there’s plenty of activities to keep the adrenaline pumping and enable adventure-loving visitors to see the country’s natural beauty at close hand.

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For backpackers or luxury package holiday enthusiasts alike, there is a good variety of travel, transport, accommodation and entertainment options, catering to every kind of tourist.

For pleasant, comfortable temperatures, visit Chile in September to November or March to May. Western Patagonia and its popular beaches are at their best and busiest from December to February.

Measles in Chile

On 10th June 2015, the health authorities of Chile notified WHO of five confimed cases of measles in the province of Santiago in the central valley of the country.

The five cases are all male, 4 adults with ages ranging from 21-44 years and an infant less than one year and too young for immunisation.

  • The first case is thought to have acquired the infection following inflight contact with symptomatic passengers travelling from beijing to Honolulu. Measles confirmed 15th May 2015.
  • The second case is the infant from Maria Pinto municipality; a link to the first case has not been established. Measles confirmed 29th May 2015.
  • The third case is from Santiago city and developed symptoms on the 1st June 2015.
  • The fourth case is a healthcare worker from the municipality of Las Condes, Measles confirmed 6th June 2014.
  • The fifth case is a relative of the second case. Measles confirmed 10th May 2015.

Chile is hosting the sporting even Copa America Chile 2015, from 11th June to 4th July 2015. The authorities are recommending that anyone planning to attend the football tournament should ensure that they are immunised/protected against measles.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months. Unimmunised adults who have not had the diseas themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.

Malaria and regions within country:

Malaria is not normally present in Chile.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British Embassy
Avda. El Bosque Norte 0125,
Las Condes,
Santiago
Chile

Email: embsan@britemb.cl

Telephone: 56 2 2370 4100

Vaccine Information for Chile

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Rabies
Source: Animal to person
Vaccination Details

A course of three injections of the vaccine (Rabies BP or Rabipur) will cover against Rabies and is recommended. In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Course
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Typhoid
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • Typhim Vi, single dose injection
  • Vivotif, 3 capsules
  • Viatim, single dose injection of Hepatitis A & Typhoid combined
Course
1 dose
Price
£60.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Disease: Dengue Fever
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50%+ Deet insect repellent
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).
Disease: Leishmaniasis
Source: Sandfly
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Leptospirosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid swallowing flood waters or water from lakes, rivers, and swamps. Avoid wading in flooded areas, especially if you have any cuts or abrasions
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +
Disease: Trypanosomiasis
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent

Additional Health Risks Information for Chile

Chile is a land of stunning natural beauty, but this in itself can pose a health risk to travellers. There are a number of active volcanoes in the country, and there is a danger from the dust, ash and fumes created in the event of an eruption. For example, the Chaiten Volcano, in the Los Lagos area, is currently threatening to erupt, and several areas in the vicinity are restricted to people.

If you are in an area when an eruption occurs, stay indoors as far as possible, with doors and windows closed, and wear a face mask if you do have to go outside. Earthquakes are also a potential risk, as Chile is an earthquake zone which has seen a number of high magnitude events in recent years. The weather in Chile can be subject to extremes of temperature, and as well as sunburn and heatstroke, you should be aware of flooding during the rainy season and pollution or smog, especially in the winter months.

The non-vaccinated diseases which are prevalent in Chile are often spread by insect bites, so do everything you can to avoid being bitten, as well as taking the obvious precautions regarding safe food and drink to avoid food poisoning. Petty crime, including pickpocketing, is a risk for tourists especially in busy areas of the capital, Santiago. Violent crime is rare, although like anywhere else it does happen, so be careful to be subtle with your cash and valuables, stay as part of a group, and be vigilant especially after dark and if you have been drinking alcohol.

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