South America is filled with extraordinary exotic escapes - from scenic mountain hikes to gorgeous beaches, the incredible Amazon rainforest and river, deserts, and remarkable ecological and cultural diversity.
If you are planning travel, there are a range of vaccinations for South America that you may be recommended to receive. The vaccinations depend on where you are travelling and other factors.
Ensure you can enjoy your trip safely and put your health first by receiving all the required immunisations with plenty of time to spare so you can build immunity. You will want to start planning to get travel vaccinations for South America as soon as you know for sure that you are going to go.
Getting sick while travelling in South America can result in a premature end to your vacation or even require a hospitalisation. There is no reason to risk this when all the vaccinations required for travel to South America are readily available in Australia.
Plan to meet with a travel clinic or doctor to set up your vaccination schedule as soon as possible and no later than 6 to 12 weeks prior to your departure date. It is important to call a travel clinic quickly because some of your vaccinations for South America may need to be spaced apart.
When you meet with your doctor, they will review your health history, schedule a list of recommended vaccinations, provide travel advice and a travel health kit to ensure that you stay healthy throughout your trip.
The recommended vaccinations for South America that you receive will vary depending on the country you are travelling to, your immunisation history, age, and other factors.
Many people receive long lasting childhood immunisations for the illnesses below, but some people may need a booster before they depart to South America.
Your doctor will help you check if you are up to date with all your childhood vaccinations and your current immunisation status.
The following vaccinations for South America may be given depending on your prior immunisation status, where you are travelling, and whether a booster is warranted or not. Your travel doctor will help you determine this.
To avoid further illnesses such as traveller’s diarrhoea, be sure to frequently wash your hands and practice safe eating and drinking practices.
Consume only properly prepared foods and water that is known to be safe to drink. Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers with you at all times in case you temporarily lack access to soap and water.
Wear long sleeves and insect repellent when outdoors and stay away from areas with mosquitoes. Avoid undercooked foods or foods that have been directly handled by others, stick to freshly cooked hot meals and drink bottled water.
You may consider taking a kit with you to treat common medical problems including diarrhoea. Discuss this at your consultation.
Many travel to South America to trek in the Andes. If you intend to do this speak with your doctor at your appointment about altitude illness and medication for prevention.
Please note that the listed vaccinations for South America mentioned above are simply a general guide. You must meet with a travel doctor to get the proper customised list of recommended vaccinations based on where you are travelling, your health history and other factors.
Travel Doctor-TMVC provides specific health recommendations tailored to your individual holiday plans. Our medical and nursing staff at Travel Doctor-TMVC have extensive knowledge of international health issues, immunisation and preventative medicine. Travellers should have individual risk assessments by one of our doctors whether they are holiday makers, businesspeople, or long-term expatriates.
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