Travel Vaccinations for Paraguay

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Paraguay

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.

Yellow Fever + Certificate
From £83
Hepatitis A - Adult
From £93
Rabies
From £75
Typhoid
From £60
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50
There is a risk of Malaria in Paraguay. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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Destination Information for Paraguay

The landlocked South American country of Paraguay is bordered by Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. It makes a great choice of destination for travellers who want an authentic adventure in South America, without the influence of a large tourist industry. The diverse landscape encompasses swampland, rainforest and dry savanna wilderness in the Gran Chaco regions on the Northwest of the country.

Paraguay’s capital, Asunción, is on the bank of the Paraguay River, while other busy cities, Ciudad del Este and Encarnación, lie along the border with Argentina. While rich in natural resources, including the world’s largest drinking water reservoir and The Itaipú Dam, the biggest hydroelectric producer, Paraguay is one of the poorest countries in South America.

San Bernardino, a short trip from the capital, is a hotspot for water sports during the months of December to February, and a popular destination for fashionable holidaymakers. If you’re more interested in culture and the arts, head to Aregua, home to a number of artists and writers, with museums, galleries and street markets to explore.

There’s plenty for travellers of all tastes to explore in Paraguay, from wildlife watching to adventure sports, restaurants and luxury shopping areas. Book onto an organised tour or safari trip for a guided adventure through the amazing flora and fauna of this beautiful and often misunderstood country.

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:

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a variable risk of P.Vivax malaria in the areas of Alto Parana and Caaguazu. There is a low to no risk in other parts of the country.

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

West Nile virus

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 Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Zika virus

Zika virus is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are most active during the day, especially during mid-morning, then late afternoon and dusk through to evening. For most people it's a very mild infection with minor or no symptoms, but is more of a risk to pregnant woman as it could result in certain birth defects.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Leishmaniasis

A parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (the most common): Causes skin lesions, mainly ulcers on exposed parts of the body, causing scars and serious disability. 90% of cases are in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis (the most dangerous): Causes enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and irregular bouts of fever. Highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucotaneous (the least common): Causes partial or total destruction of the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat. Most cases are found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Trypanosomiasis

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which is only found in rural Africa. Initial symptoms include severe headache, insomnia, enlarged lymph nodes, anaemia and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Additional Health Risks Information for Paraguay

Visitors to Paraguay should play close attention to their personal safety and security at all times. Petty crime and pickpocketing is common in crowded tourist areas and public places such as markets, so be vigilant about your personal possessions avoid travelling alone, particularly after dark. If you are hiking or exploring remote areas, register your details with park authorities and make sure someone knows where you’re going, when you plan to be back and that you have a means of summoning help if necessary.

Driving standards in Paraguay are poor. If you hire a car, make sure you have the necessary insurance. If you’re using a taxi, book in advance with a reputable firm, and do not hail a taxi on the street. If you’re planning to swim in the many rivers, be aware of strong currents. The River Paraguay around Asunción is highly polluted, so avoid swimming or bathing here. There are many boat trips on the main rivers, however health and safety standards are not the same as in the UK, so exercise caution at all times.

UK health authorities have classified Paraguay as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. Take suitable precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos for the duration of your stay, due to the risk of Zika and other illnesses including Dengue Fever and Chikungunya. During the rainy season, flooding can occur, including in some areas of Asunción and neighbouring cities, in which the worst affected residents have been evacuated

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