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 vaccines include:
- Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
- Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine
- Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
- Poliomyelitis (polio) vaccine, and
- Your yearly flu (influenza) shot.
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)
- Yellow fever
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
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health Information for Travelers to Brazil. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/brazil [accessed 10 May 2018]
- Australian Government. Department of Health. Yellow fever – general fact sheet. Available at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pubhlth-strateg-communic-factsheets-yellow.htm (accessed 4 May 2018)
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