Brazil is the third-largest nation in the Americas and the fifth-largest country globally. Despite the country’s enormous size and diverse topography, which includes hills, mountains, and plains, the majority of it is classified as either tropical or subtropical. Brazil’s national language is Portuguese. Keep reading to find out the vaccines you need to travel to Brazil and how our pharmacy in Manchester can help.
You may contract a (tropical) disease if you visit Brazil. However, vaccinations can help protect you against various diseases found in the country. Our medical professionals have compiled a list of the most prevalent illnesses in Brazil, so you can easily choose which particular vaccines you need.
Given that rabies is fully preventable if medical assistance is received within 7 to 10 days of an animal bite, vaccination is normally only advised for very high-risk visitors.
Nevertheless, it may be advisable to check if you have had the following routine vaccinations. Some of these illnesses may require a booster for adults:
– Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
– Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis).
Considering getting vaccinated against shingles and/or pneumonia may also be recommended for older persons or people with specific medical conditions.
There is a possibility of Coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure in Brazil.
Before leaving, you should:
– See the most recent government guidance available on the FCDO’s country-specific sections and Foreign Travel Advice for information on travelling to Brazil and the requirements for returning to the UK.
– Check that you are current on UK recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine.
– Determine whether you are more likely to have severe COVID-19.
– Carefully examine your travel plans and consider getting medical assistance if you are at a higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 before making any decisions.
It is ideal to speak with your pharmacist or doctor at least one month before your trip. Based on your individual travel plans, they will be able to advise you about any vaccines you might need for your travel before you depart.
Your doctor would want to know a few things, such as:
– The season or time of year in which you want to travel.
– The duration of your visit.
– The areas of Brazil you are travelling to.
– Your intended activities, such as if you’ll be hiking or visiting a wilderness area.
– If you’re going to interact with animals.
– If you have received all of your recommended vaccines on time.
In addition, your doctor may perform a general wellness examination. If you have a medical problem that hasn’t been treated yet, you could need this for your travel insurance.
Your doctor may advise getting a booster jab or getting vaccinated/revaccinated against a specific disease if you have not had your normal vaccinations in a timely manner or if they suspect you may be at a higher risk of catching a disease that is preventable by a vaccine.
Generally, there is little risk of malaria in the Brazilian Amazon basin, including Manaus. Prescription antimalarial medications like Malarone, Doxycycline, or Lariam should be taken if visiting Brazil’s Amazon region. There is little to no risk in any other locations, including the Iguacu Falls, so precautions for avoiding mosquito bites should be taken.
Book your appointment with or visit SM Travel Clinic to get your travel vaccines for Brazil in Manchester.