Travel Klinix can offer a wide range of Travel Vaccinations. If you are travelling to South America, you often need additional Travel Vaccinations to protect yourself from infections.
The Travel Vaccinations you need for South America may depend on:
- Which areas you will be visiting
- The time of the year of your trip
- What kind of activities you will be participating in
- Your age and general health
- Your individual risk assessment
The table below is a general guide for travel vaccinations for South America ( see our price list)
|Vaccination||All travellers||Most travellers||Some travellers||Route of transmission||Vaccine course||Price|
|MMR||Yes||Person to person||Course of two||Price|
|Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio||Yes||Person to person, contamination of open wounds, contaminated food and water||Single dose||Price|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated food and water||Course of two||Price|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated food and water||Single dose||Price|
|Rabies||Yes||Bites and scratches from animals||Course of three||Price|
Please be aware that information on this site does not constitute as medical advice and is merely for guidance. You should always seek specialist travel health advice before you travel.
Why Travel Klinix?
- Consultant expertise: Travel Klinix is run by Dr Ravi Gowda, a consultant in infectious diseases and a specialist in tropical and travel medicine
- Nursing excellence: Gemma Hicks is an experienced nursing sister having previously cared for patients with infections on a specialist ward
- Unrivalled service: The only travel health clinic in the region with such expertise
- Trust : You can therefore be reassured that you will receive the correct vaccinations for your trip and in a safe manner
- Flexible appointments : We offer flexible same day, evening and weekend appointments
- Accessible location with free parking
- Professional and yet friendly service. See what our customers say:
- Excellent personalised approach to travel ID protection. Highly recommended” – RK
- “They are reassuring, calm, professional, friendly – I now feel ready to face any diseases the world cares to throw at me!” – SB
Who will be vaccinating you
Dr Gowda’s top tip for South America
You are at risk of Zika virus infection in South America. Please seek expert travel health advice, particularly if you are See below.
Risk of malaria in South America
There is a low risk of malaria in some parts of South America. For specialist travel health advice call Travel Klinix
Recommended malaria tablets for South America
It is important you are aware of the risk of malaria and avoid mosquitoes bites when travelling in South America. Depending on the nature and duration of your journey, you may still require malaria tablets. Please ask us for advice.
What is malaria?
Mosquitoes spread malaria by biting mainly from dusk till dawn. It is a serious and potentially life threatening infection. You are at risk of malaria in most of the tropical regions of the world but most cases occur in Sub Saharan Africa. In 2015 there were 212 million malaria cases with an estimated 429,000 deaths. 90% of these cases and 92% of malaria deaths are in Africa.
This can be anything but the most common malaria symptoms are fever, chills, headache and overwhelming body and muscle ache. If you experience any of these symptoms within 3 months of a travelling to a country where malaria occurs then you should contact your doctor urgently; diagnosis is quick and easy with a simple blood test. If you are diagnosed and treated promptly you should make a full recovery. If, however, you delay seeking help, malaria can be difficult to treat and you may become seriously ill.
You can prevent malaria in four, easy steps. The A, B, C, D of malaria prevention is easy to remember:
Awareness of the risk
Bite prevention (particularly at night time by use of repellent or nets)
Chemoprophylaxis (use of appropriate malaria prevention tablets)
Diagnosis (prompt diagnosis and treatment)
For more details on malaria see Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention (ACMP) Guidelines
Yellow fever risk and vaccine certificate requirements for South America
There have been recent outbreaks of yellow fever in South America. Please contact us for advice
Vaccine certificate requirements for South America
Under International Health Regulations, you may require a yellow fever vaccine certificate for some parts of South America
For more information, take a look at the World Health Organisation list of countries with risk of yellow fever
Additional travel health advice and risks for South America
You may be at risk of Dengue fever and other insect borne diseases such as leishmaniasis and Zika virus infection. There is a moderate risk of Zika virus infection in South America so if you are pregnant you should consider postponing non-essential travel until after pregnancy. By avoiding insect bites, you can reduce the risk of these diseases. Schistosomiasis, a parasite breeding in snails and freshwater, is found also in South America.
You may experience altitude illness at elevations above 2500 metres. This can include cities such as Cuzco ( 3399 metres) in Peru.
South America General information
- South America is surrounded by the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a continent of the superlatives. It has the largest rainforests, tallest waterfall (Angel Falls, Colombia), as well as the highest mountain range. As you travel across the continent you can experience the contrasting landscape of deserts (Atacama desert), the beaches of Brazil, remnants of ancient civilisations such as Machu Piccu in Peru and big, overwhelming cities such as Bogota and Sao Paulo. Whatever you do, it is important that you travel safely and so we recommend you contact us for advice on vaccines.
- For advice on safety and security concerns please check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for South American countries