Travelling to South America is on the bucket list for millions of people. It’s a staple of any adventurous gap year. And it’s easy to see why. The awesome challenge of the Inca Trail. The pulsating rhythms of Brazil. The passion and colour of Argentina. The sights, sounds and smells of Colombia, Chile, Ecuador… The list of attractions is almost endless.
However, one thing that’s sure to put a dampener on your experience is a serious illness on holiday. Like many other places, travelling to South America requires a number of vaccinations to keep you healthy.
What vaccinations do I need for travelling to South America?
First things first, make sure you are up to date on all common childhood vaccinations. These include tetanus, diphtheria, polio and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Additional vaccinations you should get when travelling to South America include:
Hepatitis A – Typically transmitted through contaminated food or close contact with an infected person. Outbreaks also occur from the water systems in under-developed countries.
Typhoid – Typhoid fever is caused by bacteria in contaminated food and water. Shellfish, raw fruits, vegetables and dairy products are all at risk of contamination.
Yellow Fever – Certain parts of South America carry a risk of contracting yellow fever. Avoid this serious holiday illness by getting the yellow fever vaccination.
Rabies – Typically transmitted by a bite or scratch from an infected animal, rabies can cause serious illness on holiday. Depending on where in South America you are travelling, a rabies vaccination could be well worthwhile.
What other health precautions should I consider when travelling to South America?
Depending on where you go, some or all of the following could be useful in preventing illnesses when travelling to South America.
- Treatments to help combat altitude sickness
- Making sure you carefully follow proper sanitary practices to avoid cholera
Then there’s the standard travel advice of upset stomach tablets, pain killers and mosquito repellent. Finally, of course, sun protection.
Getting ill when travelling or on holiday can be immensely frustrating, especially if it wasn’t your fault. Food poisoning on holiday and other illnesses can ruin your trip. If this happens to you, remember that help is at hand.
You may be due holiday illness compensation. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on your way to the compensation you deserve. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice