Boasting the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon, this region of the world is complete with an astonishing array of sights to see. With no shortage of wonders to behold, visitors can sail the Galapagos Islands, become immersed in diverse Indigenous cultures, or simply dance the night away to the rhythm of Brazilian samba.
There are various factors to consider when planning your dream vacation to South America, with one of the most important being health. Leading up to your trip, it is recommended to schedule a personalized consultation with a TravelSafe Registered Nurse or doctor to review your itinerary and vaccination history. Our practitioners will ensure you are up to date on immunizations prior to departure and educate you on preventative measures for any health risks associated with your specific destination.
We recommend you arrange a consultation 4-6 weeks in advance of your departure date. If you are travelling to more than one country in the continent of South America, you may need proof of receiving a yellow fever vaccine for border entry requirements. We will review this at your consultation.
What vaccines are needed for South America?
Routine vaccines are also recommended for all destinations in South America. Boosters may be recommended depending on your vaccine history, age, health history, and destination. These routine vaccines include:
To learn more about vaccine preventable diseases have a look at the following link.
Are there other risks?
Depending on your destination and itinerary there may be other health risks in South America. These risks can include malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya fever, zika, acute mountain sickness (AMS), and traveller’s diarrhea to name a few. Prescription medications are available for malaria prevention, AMS prevention, and to treat traveller’s diarrhea.
Call us at 604-251-1975 to arrange an appointment or to receive further information about travel to South America.
Travel Health for specific destinations
Visit our Kitsilano clinic for a pre-travel consultation and vaccinations to protect your health.
Contact us now to arrange an appointment!
Our telephone hours are 8:00am-6:00pm. Appointment times are arranged to suit your schedule
and may be booked outside the hours listed below.