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Vaccinations for Brazil

Travel vaccinations

for Brazil

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Determining your shots needed for Brazil is a crucial part of planning for your journey before you leave. Brazil offers a diverse range of experiences to cater for every type of traveller. Nature lovers can explore the vast diversity of the amazonian rainforest, from giant anaconda snakes to the elusive Jaguar. Alternatively, beach lovers can explore Brazil's extensive coastline starting off with the famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. With such a varying diversity of destinations, you might be asking the question, ‘What vaccines are needed for Brazil?’ For most places in the country, we would recommend typhoid and hepatitis A, as well as making sure you’re up to date with your childhood immunizations (like the MMR , polio, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines) You’ll also need to consider hepatitis B, rabies, tuberculosis and yellow fever vaccines as part of your Brazil specialist vaccine requirements. The vaccines you need will depend on you and your activities. To start with, check out our vaccine guide table for Brazil below.

What travel vaccinations do I need for Brazil?

  • Do remember, the travel vaccinations you’ll need for Brazil will depend on: 

    • which areas you will be visiting 

    • the time of the year

    • what kind of activities you will be participating in

    • your age and general health

    • and on your individual risk assessment

Dr Ravi Gowda

Dr Ravi Gowda, Consultant in Infectious Diseases or one of his highly trained clinical colleagues will be looking after your Brazil vaccine requirements. Find out more about the Health Klinix team.

Who will be providing your travel injections for Brazil?

"Are you aware of Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis)?

You’re at risk of American trypanosomiasis, commonly known as Chagas disease, in some parts of Brazil. Chagas disease is caused by an infection with the parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi. It’s found mainly in rural parts of Central and South America where humans are in contact with the triatomine insect.


The disease is named after the Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas, who discovered the disease in 1909. When travelling to rural parts of Brazil, you should avoid insect and tick bites day and night by covering your skin and using insect repellent to reduce the risk. "

Dr Gowda's top tip for travel to Brazil

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How it works
Book an appointment online

1. Book an appointment online

Book and pay for your travel consultation online for £30.

Attend your consultation

2. Attend your travel consultation

Complete an easy online travel risk assessment and attend your consultation.

Get your vaccinations

3. Get your vaccinations

Get all the advice and vaccinations you need and you're ready to go.

Frequently asked questions
  • The total cost is likely to vary depending on which vaccinations you need for your trip. You can see the recommended vaccinations and the pricer per dose in the table above.

    Please note; you will need to book a travel consultation before we can administer travel vaccinations and this costs £30 (1 person)

  • This really depends on the vaccine. One yellow fever shot will last you a lifetime whereas you’ll need a typhoid booster every 3 years.

  • If possible we’d like you to contact us at least 4 weeks before you travel. This will give us time to complete any multiple vaccinations that potentially last a whole month. If you’re travelling at the last minute we can offer super-accelerated courses so please do ask us.

  • Most travel vaccines are very tolerated but some live vaccines like yellow fever can have serious side-effects if you have certain health conditions or over the age of 60 years. So it’s vital that you have a specialist travel health consultation from an expert.

  • Most vaccines can be given as long as they’re inactivated but you'll need a specialist consultation from an expert first. In addition, you shouldn’t have live vaccines like yellow fever and MMR. We're here to help provide support and advice.

  • Most vaccines can be given to children at lower doses. Some, like the yellow fever vaccine, should not be given in very young children aged less than 9 months.

  • Most vaccines can and should be given as your risks of serious infections are higher. However, you can’t have live vaccines if you have certain medical conditions, for example, if you’ve had cancer or chemotherapy. As ever, please contact us to talk through specialist travel health advice.

  • You’re generally at low risk of malaria in Brazil, however, in some circumstances you may need malaria tablets. Examples include; prolonged stay in rural areas, the elderly, those with weakened immune systems or multiple medical problems. So, if you’re unsure please check with us first.


    Although you may not need malaria tablets in Brazil, it’s still important that you’re aware of the risk of malaria. Make sure you try to avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent sprays or creams and by sleeping under mosquito nets at night. Malaria tablets aren’t 100% effective so you’ll need to take additional precautions whilst travelling.

    As we’ve already discussed, in some cases you may need malaria tablets for Brazil so we have created a helpful table as a guide (see below) 

    Recommended malaria tablets for Brazil

    Malaria risk map for Brazil

    Malaria risk map Brazil
  • Yes, you’re at risk of yellow fever in some parts of Brazil, so we recommend the yellow fever vaccine for most travellers heading to the states of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.


    In fact, due to outbreaks of yellow fever in multiple states of Brazil since 2016, the World Health Organisation has now expanded the list of areas where the yellow fever vaccine for Brazil is recommended. For yellow fever risk and a detailed map of where you might need the yellow fever vaccine for Brazil see below.

    Yellow fever risk map for Brazil
    Yellow fever risk map South AmericaS

    Source: CDC. Use of these images does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by the CDC

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Tourism is becoming a major industry in Brazil. It’s the most popular travel destination in South America. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in particular, are popular destinations offering outstanding heritage and culture. Millions of people visit Brazil every year to experience the world famous carnival, which is described as the world’s biggest party! Other natural attractions include the Amazon rainforests, beaches and national parks. Temperatures are rarely lower than 20C apart from in the mountains and southern regions. Dry season is between May and November. Whatever you do, it’s important that you travel safely and so we recommend booking in a consultation on the vaccines you’ll need for Brazil.

All about Brazil
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Additional health advice and risks for Brazil

You may also be at risk of the following diseases:

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There are no vaccine certificate requirements for Brazil under International Health Regulations - even if you’re coming from another country where there is yellow fever transmission.

Brazil vaccine certificate requirements


Dr Ravi Gowda, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine


Caitlin Lancaster, BSc


  1. NHS travel vaccination website 

  2. Advisory Committee on Malaria Prophylaxis guidelines

  3. Yellow fever. Centers for Disease Control

  4. Chagas disease. Centers for Disease Control

  5. Insect bite avoidance. Fit For Travel

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