Rio and Yellow Fever jabs

Dec 31st, 2002, 05:17 AM
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marc horsebox
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Rio and Yellow Fever jabs

can somebody please advise:
i have read conflicting accounts on whether or not travellers to rio (from London)need a yellow fever jab or not. Obviously I do not want to get one unless completely necessary.
Also, I am travelling to the USA immediately after Rio - i remember reading somewhere that visitors to the US who have been in a "Yellow Fever Country" will be refused access without a YF certificate. The US embassy are (bizarrely) unable to say whether this is correct. Can anyone advise? Thanks.
 
Dec 31st, 2002, 06:10 AM
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I doubt if it is correct, I am American and go to Brazil 2 x a year and never had a problem getting back home and I have had no yellow fever shots.
 
Dec 31st, 2002, 03:13 PM
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You might be well advised to get a yellow fever shot if you were spending a long time in the Amazon jungles. My husband and I had the shot before a trip to the Venezuelan interior. I learned later that it's a "live virus" shot and that a few people can have a severe reaction. So yellow fever vaccination shouldn't be taken lightly.
Also, you might want to check with the CDC website, but my memory is that Brazil is not considered a yellow-fever endemic country. So you shouldn't have trouble getting into the U.S. I live in the U.S. and traveled to and from Brazil several times before getting my yellow fever shot.
 
Jan 2nd, 2003, 07:35 AM
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Joaquim -By the same token I assume that by your reply you have never had trouble entering Brazil without a jab? To quote Lonely Planet guide to Rio:
"A yellow fever vac...is strongly recommended...the authorities will not grant entrance, especially to Amazonia, without it." Obviously I want to make sure - would hate to be denied entry upon arrival.
 
Jan 2nd, 2003, 09:46 AM
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Marc, that's correct, I have had no shots and I enter the U.S. and Brazil with no problem.
 
Jan 2nd, 2003, 10:20 AM
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Vaccinations are not required, but are recommended if visiting rural areas for yellow fever and also Malaria.
 
Jan 5th, 2003, 04:18 AM
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No shot, no problem. Certain states in Brazil are designated as YF endemic and RDJ is not one of them. Sao Paulo state is, I was surprised to see. Info from CDC web page. But, I went to RDJ in Nov. and SP in Dec. Travelled to/from USA and both places and to/from Buenos Aires and SP. Never had any question about YF.
 
Jan 5th, 2003, 05:48 AM
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thanks all.
 

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