What vaccinations do I need to travel to Brazil?
All travellers should be up-to-date with their routine vaccinations before heading off to Brazil. These include vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, chicken pox, polio and influenza. For a full list, refer to the National Immunisation Program – available here.
Australian residents will also need to get the yellow fever vaccination if they are planning to return to Australia. A valid proof of vaccination certificate is required upon entry back into the Australia.
There is an increased risk of contracting hepatitis A and typhoid in Brazil, both of which can be contracted through contaminated food or water.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. People are exposed to the virus generally through food or drink contaminated with faeces (poo), however, close personal contact (e.g.
Depending on where you are staying and what activities you have planned, the following vaccinations may be recommended for you by your doctor:
- Hepatitis B
- Malaria (preventive medicine)
If you are travelling with young children, they may need an accelerated schedule. Check with your healthcare professional on which vaccinations are required for your child prior to travelling.
Sources & Citations
5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traveler’s Health Brazil. Available at: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/brazil [accessed 21 February 2020].
6. Department of Health. Yellow fever general fact sheet. Available at: www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/health-pubhlth-strateg-communic-factsheets-yellow.htm [accessed 25 February 2020].
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