Vaccines advised to ALL Uruguay visitors

Vaccination
Course
Per Dose

Vaccines advised to SOME Uruguay 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 Uruguay

As the second-smallest country in South America (after Suriname), Uruguay is often overshadowed by its much-larger neighbours, Argentina and Brazil. It’s known as a peaceful and liberal country, with a pretty coastline dotted with beaches and inland lush rainforests and agricultural land. The capital, Montevideo, on the South coast, is defined as a Beta World City, and is a metropolis full of life and character. Visit during carnival time and you’ll be treated to a 6-week long celebration, one of the most colourful and vibrant on the continent.

Whether you’re yearning for fashionable beach resorts like Punta del Este, the charm and culture of old colonial towns such as the cobbled streets of Sacramento or a rural adventure inland, Uruguay is a wonderful destination offering an authentic and unspoilt glimpse of traditional South American life. Stay in a beach house, cottage or a ranch to experience the relaxed pace of life and feel ‘at one’ with nature. The summer months of December to January offer the best in terms of weather and travelling conditions, but stay a bit longer for the February carnival time for an unforgettable visit to this well-kept secret of a destination.

Learn More

Malaria and regions within country:

Malaria is not normally present in Uruguay.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

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

British Embassy

British Embassy Montevideo
British Embassy
Marco Bruto 1073
Montevideo
11300
Uruguay

Email: ukinuruguay@adinet.com.uy

Switchboard: (598) 2622 3630 or 2622 3650

Useful Vaccinations for Uruguay

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
Price
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
£32.00
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
£32.00
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
£32.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
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
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 Uruguay

The standard of medical care in Uruguay is generally good, although it can be expensive so you should always ensure you have adequate travel insurance. Visitors to the country should follow basic food hygiene and common sense to minimise the risk of food poisoning and other bugs, although the tap water here is considered safe to drink. The sun can be extremely powerful, so protect yourself with a good sunscreen, eyewear and ensure you stay hydrated.

In the capital Montevideo, street crime is common, so be vigilant about your personal security at all times, especially when out after dark, when using cash points or when carrying money or valuables. Bag snatching and pickpocketing is not unusual, and as a tourist you may be a target. Crime rates are lower in other parts of the country, but caution is advised, as with anywhere else in the world.

The main rounds in Uruguay are well-maintained, but this is not the case for many other smaller roads. Despite a zero-tolerance approach to drink driving and a clear seatbelt law, driving standards are often poor, so take particular care if you are hiring a car, or walking close to roads here. Larger beaches in Uruguay have lifeguards in the summer, and will be marked with flags depending on the weather conditions and if it is safe to swim. If you are swimming at a beach or river that is not marked, be aware of strong currents which can be highly dangerous.

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