Vaccine recommendations for Argentina/Brazil

Jan 4th, 2019, 07:08 AM
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Me three.. and I wanted to do it before age 60. However I had one as a toddler before we emigrated to the Caribbean, the theory that it was for life was not known. I did have a reaction to the shot (lump in the arm) so perhaps I really needed a 50 year booster!

Sounds like Brazil is having an active outbreak so I think getting the jab was wise.

Still need to keep up with the repellent if you see mosquitos, of course.
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Jan 4th, 2019, 10:09 AM
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Thought I'd share one of our stories from this area of the world. Cheers!

From Fortaleza to Sao Luis
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Jan 28th, 2019, 05:27 AM
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We visited the falls and also the city of Curitiba, and the yellow fever vaccine was required except that we are over age 60 so could get a waver. We did get the vaccine. We thought why take the chance? My doctor recommended going to a "Passport Health" clinic and they were very thorough explaining what was recommended. (They also sold us stuff, but I didn't feel pressured.) They were expensive but our insurance is supposed to cover them (still waiting).

Our friend in Brazil said that the bad mosquitoes aren't in these areas, but that's not what the CDC says. My husband and daughter did get some insect bites while we were there, despite using insect repellant.

Have a wonderful trip! The falls are unbelievable!

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Jan 28th, 2019, 04:54 PM
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I believe the reason waivers are available to certain travelers over age 60 is because the yellow fever vaccine can carry life-threatening risks after that age, particularly if a person has certain other conditions. Assertions that something worked for oneself, no matter how well intentioned, are not a substitute for professional advice! So once again:

If traveling to any area where yellow fever is a risk, please consult a competent professional!
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