South America is an increasingly popular destination with families and backpackers alike. Made up from 13 countries, South America which is also home to the Amazon rainforest has so much to offer the adventurous traveller.
The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with us 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. We will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets.
The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing so excellent bite prevention measures are essential. Our team will be able to provide you with all the information you need!
We can also give you important travel health issues including safe food and water, accidents, sun exposure and insect bites. Many of the problems experienced by travellers cannot be prevented by vaccinations and other preventive measures need to be taken.
Depending on your exact itinerary you may need to consider;
- Typhoid - Required every 3 years
- Hepatitis A - Two doses give 25 years of protection
- Hepatitis B - Three doses given over 6 months or on an accelerated programme over 8 weeks
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio - Every 10 years
- Rabies - 3 injections given over a month on days 0,7 and between day 21 and 28
- Yellow Fever - A single dose covers you for life; anyone vaccinated prior to May 2016 will require a booster after 10 years to obtain the life time cover and a certificate is needed for entry into some countries.
- Cholera - Two doses given orally
We provide vaccinations and advice by appointment for customers travelling to South America.
We provide vaccinations by appointment at our clinics in Farnborough in Hampshire and Woking in Surrey. If inconvenient, please contact us to take advantage of our Mobile Clinic service.