Vaccine recommendations for Argentina/Brazil

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Dec 4th, 2018, 09:57 AM
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Vaccine recommendations for Argentina/Brazil

Travelers to Iguazu Falls - the CDC says yellow fever vaccine is recommended for travel to Misiones Province.

Does anyone know whether the recommendation holds if you're just visiting the falls, or only if you're going "out in the country"?
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Dec 4th, 2018, 07:43 PM
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I would strongly encourage you to ask this question of a travel physician / infectious disease specialist, as IMO, neither yellow fever nor yellow fever vaccinations are of trivial significance. Looking at the CDC website, it certainly seems to me that the recommendation is to have the vaccine, even if visiting just the falls, but I'm no expert.
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowb...-iguassu-falls

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Dec 4th, 2018, 10:51 PM
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I pretty much agree with the above comments. YF is a serious, potentially fatal disease. I am sure many people have visited the area without any issues, but that proves nothing. Mozzies have no sense of direction or areas in which they operate and there has been an exponential increase in the incidence of YF in recent years, especially in Brazil.

Once vaccinated, you are covered for life. It seems what puts many off getting the vaccination is cost. In the U.K. it costs around 50 - $65 but I understand it costs a lot more in the US, but still probably relatively small in the context of the overall cost of your trip.
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Dec 4th, 2018, 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by crellston View Post
It seems what puts many off getting the vaccination is cost.
That could be true. The fact that the vaccine itself can be deadly might also be a factor.

My understanding (which could well be wrong) is that the risks of catching YF and the risks associated with the vaccination vary with all sorts of things, including the area in which one will risk exposure, the amount of time one will spend there, and one's age. As explained to me, even if one's risk of catching YF is low, if caught, the chance of dying is surprisingly high (or at least it seemed that way to me). And because the risks associated with the vaccine apparently increase with age, recommendations about whether to have it or not also vary with one's expectations about future exposure.

Please, consult a qualified medical professional!
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Dec 5th, 2018, 09:10 AM
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We'll definitely consult a doctor, I was just wondering if anyone had specific experience. Since it's good for life, we'll just get it (regardless of the cost).
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Good idea. If you are in the States, better start looking around for it now as there is a serious shortage of it. I am in Connecticut and as of right now it is almost impossible to find. And remember that if you don't get it and you travel into an area that has YF, and then later (I believe most countries are 6 months) want to travel to another country that doesn't have YF, without proof of vaccination, that country will not let you enter.
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