TRAVEL VACCINATIONS FOR SOUTH AMERICA: Shots to get and how much they cost

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Safety is primarily the first concern for travellers visiting South America. The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends short- and long-term travellers to seek vaccination three weeks before the actual travel date.

The most common diseases and virus in South America are Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, and rabies are some of the common conditions that can easily be contracted in almost every region of South America. And prevention is what we aim for in this article.

Travel Vaccinations for South America has its characteristics, and we breakdown some of the essential aspects you should learn when planning your South America trip.

DISCLAIMERWe claim no expertise in the medical industry, this article is to merely inform you to stay safe during your trip. We highly recommend you talk to your GP for a better understanding of vaccines. Getting the shots we mention in this post will be your own responsibility.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE DECIDING WHICH VACCINATIONS FOR SOUTH AMERICA YOU SHOULD GET

Before knowing what type of vaccines you should get, it is best first to know your itinerary. And consult a licensed travel clinic to know which vaccines can be combined.

Which Countries Are You Going To

If you’re spending a lot of time volunteering in wildlife zones, you may want to get anti-rabies vaccinations. And take note of yellow fever, which is common in tropical countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, French Guiana, Suriname, and Valenzuela.

Weather in Your Destination

Mosquitos are prevalent in tropical regions, especially in Brazil. The warm temperature in Brazil makes it easily for mosquitos to grow and develop Malaria and Vectorborne diseases rapidly.

Mosquitos are also carriers of chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. Climate shifts, warming of the temperature, and changing weather conditions have fueled more dengue outbreaks in 2019 for South America.

Costs

It is cheaper to get a shot in South America compared to other countries; however, the language barrier can hinder TO non-local-speaking tourists. Also, getting the vaccines in South America are more reliable since they’ve known which shots to give you which depends on how long you’re staying or activities you’re doing

Some also suggest that it is better to get vaccines in South America rather than your home country for a simple reason that they don’t want their travellers contracting a disease in their homeland or spreading disease.

The Side Effects

It is best to know some of the side effects of vaccination, so you won’t get worried once you feel body reactions. Pills and vaccines can differ from potential side effects, and this includes the following;

Cholera Vaccines– There’s a slight chance you’ll experience mild stomach upsets followed by abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and nausea.

Hepatitis A Vaccine – Some people experience soreness and redness on the injection site in the skin. Lessen common concerns are tiredness, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, and raised in temperature.

Rabies Vaccine – In rare cases, some people experience mild fever, headache, vomiting, rash, and body pain.

Typhoid Fever – About 1% experienced an increase in temperature, and a minimum of people say they feel abdominal pain, headache, nausea, and diarrhoea. 

Yellow Fever Vaccine – There are about 10-30% of people felt its side effects (headache, muscle pain, soreness of the injection site, and a mild fever.

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Shots vs Pills

You can visit your travel clinic or local GP 6 weeks in advance to prepare yourself for the vaccinations required for South America, costs, and have the time to cleanse yourself from substances like alcohol. Your travel clinic may recommend pills if you’re scared or have a phobia of needles.

VACCINATIONS FOR SOUTH AMERICA YOU SHOULD GET

Tetanus, Diphtheria pertussis, Hepatitis A, and typhoid are some of the diseases and vaccinations needed for South America. Type of vaccinations also depends on the length of stay, type of accommodation, the health of the travellers, temperature, and sanitary of the region you’re travelling.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A vaccines produce necessary protection in your body, which eliminates the risk of contracting this disease. This type of vaccine also prevents you from infections from hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis A is common in regions that don’t have a high level of sanitation, specifically in water and sewage systems.

  • Must get if travelling during: September to November(Spring), December – February(Summer)
  • Must get if: going to rural areas, forest, or camping
  • Range cost US: $50-$100
  • Range cost Europe: €45
  • Range cost to get in South America: $165

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B transmission is through direct blood to blood contact, open sores, or body fluid, while Hepatitis A is Airborne and waterborne. The virus of Hepatitis B manifests in your body by infecting your liver, which can get fatal. This virus can also infect animals, including chimpanzees, tree shrews, Peking ducks, and horses.

  • Must get if travelling during: throughout the year
  • Must get if going to: the Amazon and other rural regions of South America 
  • Range cost US: $50-$100
  • Range cost Europe: €40
  • Range cost to get in South America: $165
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Typhoid

Persons with typhoid virus can commonly transmit the disease with direct contact with its feces. This type of infection lives inside our intestines and bloodstreams. No animal can carry and spread Typhoid.

  • Must get if travelling during: throughout the year
  • Must get if going to: rural areas, forest, or camping
  • Range cost US: $25
  • Range cost Europe: €30
  • Range cost to get in South America: $33

Cholera

Cholera vaccination is administered through injection or shot for immunization. Cholera virus is caused by eating food and drinking water contaminated with Cholerae. You can also get the virus from shellfish and plankton.

  • Must get if travelling during: warm months.
  • Must get if going to: the tropical region with limited access to clean water
  • Range cost US: $25-$40
  • Range cost Europe: €25
  • Range cost to get in South America: $30-$50

Yellow Fever

Mosquito bites spread this type of disease. Vaccination prevents you from contracting this disease and recommended for people aged nine months or older visiting or staying in South America and Africa.

If you are from Europe or the US and flying directly to a South American country or Africa, you probably don’t need to get this, however, if you fly from your home country, then to Brazil (for example), and then want to enter Colombia, you must have this shot and Travel certificate that you had this shot.

  • Must get if travelling during: throughout the year
  • Must get if going to: densely populated areas with high mosquito population
  • Range cost US: $40-$70
  • Range cost Europe: €40
  • Range cost to get in South America: $77

Rabies

Vaccination helps prevent rabies for a period of time after exposure to bites of dogs or bats. You can get this from the exposure of the saliva of infected animals.

  • Must get if travelling during: throughout the year
  • Must get if going to: Valenzuela and will be around animals that haven’t injected with an anti-rabies shot
  • Range cost US: $280-$3000
  • Range cost Europe: €40
  • Range cost to get in South America: $181
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Polio

Polio vaccines are given to children to protect them from poliomyelitis. This virus can spread from person to person, and polio cripples the carriers of the disease. It invades the person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis. Polio vaccines are for lifetime immunization.

  • Must get if travelling during: All throughout the year
  • Must get if going to: Valenzuela
  • Range cost US: $40-$100
  • Range cost Europe: €40
  • Range cost to get in South America: $20

Whooping Cough, Tetanus, and Diphtheria

DTap and Tdap vaccine helps in the protection of whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria for people travelling to South America. Whooping cough or pertussis is a contagious disease that affects the body’s respiratory tract. 

  • Must get if travelling during: All throughout the year
  • Must get if going to: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Panama, and Mexico
  • Range cost US: $71-$117
  • Range cost Europe: €40
  • Range cost to get in South America: $30-$100

Malaria

Malaria vaccines require four shots and are low in efficacy. The vaccine acts as a shield for Plasmodium falciparum, and it’s the deadliest parasite in the world and widespread to Africa and South America. You can also simply bring Malaria pills with you.

  • Must get if travelling during: All throughout the year
  • Must get if going to: The Amazon river
  • Range cost US: $45-$85
  • Range cost Europe: €55
  • Range cost to get in South America: $40-$100

RECOMMENDED TRAVEL SHOTS PER COUNTRY IN SOUTH AMERICA

Vaccinations will depend on the traveller’s itinerary or destination. You may want to get Malaria shots before going to the regions of the Amazon where mosquitos are high in number. Or rabies vaccinations if you’re worried about the bats in Latin America.

NOTE: The costs below are if you are getting them in these countries and not in your home country.

Shots for Argentina

  • Hepatitis A – $55 
  • Hepatitis B – $165 
  • Typhoid – $33 
  • Yellow Fever -$77 
  • Rabies – $50-$180 
  • Polio – $20-$40 

Shots for Bolivia

  • Hepatitis A – $55 
  • Hepatitis B – $165 
  • Typhoid – $33 cost 

Shots for Brazil

  • Yellow fever – free if from local/government clinics, $77 if from a private clinic 
  • Hepatitis A – 55$ 
  • Hepatitis B – 165$ 
  • Tetanus – $30-$100

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Shots for Chile

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus-$30-$100 
  • Hepatitis A- 55$
  • Hepatitis B-$165
  • Rabies-$181

Shots for Colombia

  • Yellow Fever- You can get vaccinations for free from the major bus station, airport, and government clinics. $30 for private clinics
  • Hepatitis A- 55$ -$104
  • Typhoid Fever- $20 
  • Malaria- $40-$100 

Shots for Ecuador

  • Malaria- $40-$100
  • Yellow fever – $77
  • Hepatitis A – $55
  • Hepatitis B- $165

Shots for Guyana

  • Hepatitis A -$165
  • Typhoid -$33
  • Yellow Fever – $4.80

Shots for Paraguay

  • Yellow Fever – $30- $40
  • Typhoid – $33
  • Rabies – $30-$100
  • Hepatitis A – $55

Shots for Peru

  • Yellow Fever – $20-$150 
  • Malaria-$40-$100
  • Hepatitis A -$55
  • Hepatitis B – $150
  • Typhoid- $100

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Shots for Suriname

  • Yellow Fever – $20-$150
  • Cholera – $30-$40
  • Typhoid Fever- $33
  • Hepatitis A- $55

Shots for Uruguay

  • Yellow Fever – $40 – $70
  • Typhoid – $33-$40

Shots for Venezuela

  • Hepatitis A – $60
  • Typhoid – $33
  • Yellow Fever- $77

hope these vaccinations for South America can help you plan well for your safety on your next trip. Prices may vary in each destination; the prices are based on the actual average cost of vaccines.

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DISCLAIMERWe claim no expertise in the medical industry, this article is to merely inform you to keep you safe during your trip. We highly recommend you talk to your GP for a better understanding of vaccines. Getting the shots we mention in this post will be your own responsibility.

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