Brazilian authorities continue to alert future visitors about the risks of yellow fever and the importance of getting vaccinated before visiting the South American nation. The vaccine is enough to protect people throughout their lifespan and the International Certificate of Vaccination will be permanently valid.

People who will participate in adventure activities in risk areas should be vaccinated / Photo: Daytours4u

Yellow fever is a serious viral disease that is transmitted by bites from infected mosquitoes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) "the symptoms of yellow fever are: fever, headaches, jaundice, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and fatigue." Those who present these symptoms during their vacations in Brazil, mainly in Rio de Janeiro, State of Espirito Santo, Bahia, São Paulo and Mina Gerais, should see a doctor immediately.

Those who must be vaccinated are those who will travel to the municipalities belonging to the risk area as their final destination, those who stay at least 72 hours in a risk area as a stopover to an location outside of the areas considered at risk, those who will participate in adventure tourism activities (hiking, zip line, etc.) and travelers who decide to camp in the municipalities classified as risk areas.

Children under 6 months of age should not be vaccinated, people with a history of allergy to any of the components of the vaccine (egg, chicken proteins or gelatin), those with weakened immune systems including HIV infection, those with Thymus disease, myasthenia gravis, Digeorge syndrome or other immunodeficiencies, malignant tumors and organ transplants. Also, those suffering from diseases that require treatments with immunosuppressants and / or immunomodulators or pregnant women should not be vaccinated.

In addition to the vaccine, travelers should consider the following recommendations:

  • Wear long-sleeved clothing and light colors.
  • Apply repellent as many times as indicated on the package.
  • Sleeping with mosquito nets or air conditioning at their accomodation.

Enjoy your holidays taking into considerations these warnings and the safety tips for traveling safely in Rio. If you have any questions about what to do in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and its surroundings, don’t hesitate to contact us at Daytours4u.