In this wide area of information you will get as many different
answers as you ask different doctors or institutions for tropic
diseases. By the end you have to do what you think is the best for
Anyway I guess every traveller to South America should be
vaccinated for Tetanus, Hepatitis and Yellow Fever. For a
good Tetanus vaccination is it advisable to start one or two month
before travelling. You give your Immune system enough time to produce
his own protection. For Hepatitis is one month enough to get up
to three inoculations. For the yellow fever vaccination is ten days
before departure enough time. Remember to bring your vaccination
pass with you! Brazil will ask for the yellow fever vaccinating
entering the country!
Ninety-five percent from all doctors will tell you that a malaria
prophylaxis is by all means necessary. In my 10 years experience
as tour guide, I have seen a lot of bad reactions from malaria prophylaxis.
Many tourists are complaining about headache, bad stomach-ache,
eye glimmer, two fainted and one almost died. All this happens after
taking the LARIAM" pills for malaria. I recommend a stand
by pack. ashould you be infected from malaria you have your medicine
with you and when not even better that you did not take these pills.
I am since 1993 in Venezuela and went to the worst malaria zones
like Delta de Orinoco, Amazon, Pantanal..... , and did also most
of my colleagues and in total I knew from three malaria infected
people and they are all cured very quickly.
Until now we haven't heard anything about SARS in Venezuela or Brazil.
The Corona Virus which passed from animals to humans is mainly in
South china and Hong Kong active. There might be some people suffering
in a hospital in Caracas or Sao Paolo but there is no danger at
all in the country. If you like to bring your first aid with you
think about the following products: Anodyne, something for disinfections
and for a bad stomach-ache, sunburn and for mosquito bites, condoms,
clinical thermometer, plaster and
some dressing material. But ask any pharmacy for help or advice,
better safe than sorry!
Every traveller should be aware that his normal health insurance
are not enough protection for bigger trips if you think about having
a little fun during your vacation. Like doing a Trek, being in the
jungle or whatever. Think about how much would be the cost of a
rescue by helicopter from a mountain or in the jungle or to bring
you back home. And now think how much will cost a private health
insurance! Check it out! You will find in the most guidebooks also
a medicine part. I recommend the Footprint Guidebook for Venezuela.