Vaccinations for Brazil
The Brazilian Embassy advises all travellers to Brazil to have vaccination cover against Yellow Fever but it is wise to also strongly consider some other vaccines.
For the short-term traveller the additional recommended vaccinations for Brazil are Hepatitis A, Typhoid (food and water borne diseases) and Tetanus (childhood disease). For those travelling for an extended period or to more rural areas of Brazil cover against Hepatitis B, Rabies and Meningococcal Meningitis may also be recommended.
The risk of Malaria is significant all year throughout the Amazon regions. There is insignificant risk for those staying along the coast up as far as Fortaleza and for those remaining in this region Prophylaxis is not usually recommended. The risk in the region of Brasilia is also thought to be minimal, though this is an area which has recently experienced an outbreak of Yellow Fever, and so the situation will require review.
All travellers should have their initial consultation for vaccinations for Brazil at least four to six weeks in advance of departure.
After your flight you will experience a degree of jet lag. If you are travelling from Europe this will be less than when you travel home but nevertheless it will still cause your body to complain for 24 to 48 hours. Try to have a more relaxing time for the first few days (and also after returning home if possible!). Be careful not to fall asleep out in the sunshine and then wake with sunburn that could ruin your time abroad.
Many travellers to Brazil will remain perfectly healthy and well providing they follow some sensible precautions.
It is important to note that each traveller will require a specialised consultation and that this information only contains general guidelines.