Travel Vaccinations for Uruguay

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Uruguay

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.

Hepatitis A - Adult
From £93
Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Rabies
From £75
Typhoid
From £60
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50

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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.

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:

Malaria is not normally present in Uruguay.

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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 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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