Vaccinations For Brazil

Before traveling to Brazil, prioritise your health by visiting a travel clinic for necessary vaccinations. This guide provides key recommendations for staying protected during your Brazilian holiday.

Key Summary and Points

  • Brazil's diverse landscape includes the Amazon rainforest, vibrant cities like Rio de Janeiro, and stunning beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema.
  • Recommended vaccines for Brazil include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, and Yellow Fever.
  • Additional vaccines might be necessary based on specific travel plans and activities.
  • Schedule an appointment with your travel clinic at least six to eight weeks before departure.
  • There is no vaccination certificate required for Brazil from the UK, but yellow fever vaccination might be necessary for travellers arriving from certain countries. Call us at Kennedys Pharmacy Rasharkin to book a vaccination.
  • Malaria risk in Brazil varies; use insect repellent and consider anti-malarials if advised, especially in the Amazon basin.
  • Additional health precautions for Brazil include minimising germ exposure, safe food and drinks consumption, insect bite prevention, and personal safety measures.

    Destination Information for Brazil

    Brazil, the largest country in South America, boasts a diverse landscape that includes the Amazon rainforest, vibrant cities, and stunning beaches. One of the country's most iconic destinations is Rio de Janeiro, known for its famous landmarks such as the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain and the lively Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Visitors can immerse themselves in the city's rich culture by exploring its historic neighbourhoods, sampling local cuisine, and experiencing the electrifying atmosphere of Carnival, one of the world's largest and most extravagant festivals.

    For nature enthusiasts, Brazil offers unparalleled opportunities to explore the Amazon rainforest, home to a staggering array of plant and animal species. Travellers can embark on guided tours to discover the region's biodiversity, encounter indigenous communities, and venture into the heart of the jungle on exhilarating expeditions. The Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland area, is another must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts, where visitors can observe diverse species of birds, mammals, and reptiles in their natural habitat.

    Beyond its natural wonders, Brazil boasts a rich cultural heritage reflected in its music, dance, and festivals. Salvador, the capital of the northeastern state of Bahia, is renowned for its Afro-Brazilian culture, vibrant street parties, and historic architecture. The city's Pelourinho district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is filled with colourful colonial buildings, lively squares, and bustling markets. Visitors can experience traditional capoeira performances, savor Bahian cuisine influenced by African and Portuguese flavours, and immerse themselves in the rhythms of samba and bossa nova that permeate the country's cultural landscape.

    Health Risks in Brazil

    Hepatitis A, Typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, and polio vaccines are recommended for all travellers visiting Brazil. Given the high-risk nature of rabies in the country and the presence of malaria in certain areas, it is crucial to seek guidance from our specialised travel pharmacists for specific vaccinations and precautions required for your trip.

        Certain regions of Brazil, like the Guiana Highlands bordering Venezuela, have high altitudes, while others are lower. Take note of how altitude changes can affect your body and allow ample time for proper acclimatisation. It's crucial to recognize the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness, as it can pose significant risks to your health.

        For those planning a trip from the UK to Brazil, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with your GP or a travel clinic such as Kennedy's Pharmacy at least six to eight weeks before departure. During this appointment, you can discuss various travel health concerns and arrange for the necessary vaccinations.

        It's always a good idea to prioritise your health and take preventive measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

        Vaccination Certificate Requirements

        Yellow fever poses a significant risk in various regions of Brazil, with occasional outbreaks reported. It is advisable to consult with our travel pharmacists to determine the necessary vaccines for your protection.

        No vaccination certificate is needed to visit Brazil from the UK however, yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required for travellers aged 1 year or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

        You can learn more about Yellow Fever Here.

        Malaria Advise For Brazil

        Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes. You cannot be vaccinated against malaria. 

        In the Amazon basin of Brazil, there is a low malaria risk, so use insect repellent and consider anti-malarials if advised. Elsewhere in Brazil, malaria risk is very low, so anti-malarials aren't usually recommended. Still, use repellent and sleep under mosquito nets as precautions and practice insect bite avoidance.

        Recommended Vaccines for Brazil

        A consultation will be completed with our pharmacist, Cara Murdock to discuss and assess your travel plans and background before making any recommendations. Current guidance advises travellers to Brazil to consider vaccinations against the following diseases:

        • Hepatitis A
        • Rabies
        • Typhoid
        • Tetanus
        • Diphtheria
        • Polio
        • Yellow Fever

        Recommendations are made based on each individual and the list above is not a sure list. Please book an appointment with our travel vaccination service for a bespoke consultation for your individual needs.

        Kennedy Pharmacy provides a dedicated travel service in Rasharkin, Northern Ireland. Use the button below to book an appointment.

        Additional Health Risks Information for Brazil

        For travellers heading to Brazil, it's important to take sensible health precautions, including minimising exposure to germs, consuming safe food and drinks, preventing insect bites, and avoiding sharing bodily fluids. 

        Regardless of your destination in Brazil, whether urban or remote, thorough research is essential. Carry a list of important phone numbers and acquaint yourself with emergency procedures. Enhance personal safety by traveling in groups, adhering to local laws and customs, and refraining from wearing conspicuous or valuable items. During peak times like Carnival and other festivals, exercise heightened caution with personal belongings.

        Other Health Risks

        Apart from vaccinations, it's crucial to be aware of other health risks, including non vaccinated diseases to help minimise the risk of falling ill.

        Westnille Virus

        West Nile virus (WNV) is transmitted by mosquitoes in numerous countries. While many individuals do not display symptoms, some may experience mild flu-like symptoms, nausea, and a skin rash. The virus is not contagious and typically resolves without the need for treatment.

        Zika Virus

        The Zika virus is typically spread through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are most active during the daytime, particularly in the mid-morning and late afternoon to evening hours. While many people experience only mild or no symptoms with a Zika infection, it poses a greater risk to pregnant women as it can lead to certain birth defects in their unborn babies.


        Chikungunya is a viral illness spread by infected mosquitoes, leading to fever and intense joint pain in humans. Additional symptoms comprise muscle aches, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and a rash. The joint discomfort can be severe and persist for varying periods. As Chikungunya exhibits similar symptoms to Dengue, misdiagnosis can occur in regions where Dengue is prevalent. Presently, there is no cure for Chikungunya, with treatment aimed at alleviating symptoms.


        Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease transmitted through the bite of infected sandflies. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, the most prevalent form, results in skin lesions, primarily ulcers on exposed body parts, leading to scarring and significant disability. Around 90% of cases occur in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East, and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis, the most severe type, manifests with symptoms such as enlarged spleen and liver, anemia, weight loss, and intermittent fevers. It is highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis, the least common variant, causes the partial or complete destruction of mucous membranes in the nose, mouth, and throat, with most cases concentrated in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil


        In conclusion, vaccinations play a crucial role in safeguarding travellers against various diseases when visiting Brazil. By ensuring you are up-to-date with recommended vaccinations, you can minimize the risk of contracting illnesses such as yellow fever, hepatitis A, and typhoid.

        Prioritising your health through vaccination not only protects you but also contributes to the overall well-being of the communities you visit. Therefore, before going on your holiday to Brazil, consult with a healthcare professional such as those at Kennedy's Pharmacy to determine the necessary vaccinations for a safe and enjoyable trip.



        Bonus: Best Things To Do in Brazil

        1. Visit the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro: Marvel at the iconic symbol of Brazil's Christianity and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro from the top of Corcovado Mountain.

        2. Explore the Amazon Rainforest: Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the world's largest tropical rainforest, discovering diverse wildlife, indigenous cultures, and lush biodiversity.

        3. Relax on the Beaches of Fernando de Noronha: Escape to this pristine archipelago off the northeast coast of Brazil, renowned for its crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and excellent opportunities for snorkelling and diving.

        4. Experience the Energy of Carnival in Salvador: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Brazil's biggest street party, featuring colourful parades, lively music, and elaborate costumes in the historic city of Salvador.

        5. Discover the Iguazu Falls: Witness the awe-inspiring power and beauty of the Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site located on the border between Brazil and Argentina, where you can marvel at hundreds of cascading waterfalls surrounded by lush rainforest.


        What is Rabies?

        Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system. It is typically transmitted through the saliva of infected animals, commonly through a bite, lick or scratch to a mucous membrane.  The virus targets the central nervous system, leading to severe neurological symptoms. If untreated, rabies is almost always fatal.

        What is Typhoid?

        Typhoid is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. It primarily spreads through contaminated food and water and can result in high fever, abdominal pain, and severe illness. Typhoid can be a serious disease if left untreated but is preventable with vaccines and proper sanitation measures

        What is Hepatitis A?

        Hepatitis A is a viral infection that spreads through the faeces of an infected person. Travellers to Brazil may be at risk of contracting this disease, particularly in areas with poor sanitation, through the consumption of contaminated food or water. While most individuals recover from hepatitis A within a few months, it can, in some cases, lead to severe liver complications.

        Prices Per Vaccine

        Prices are accurate from December 2023 but may fluctuate depending on cost prices at the time of consultation.





        Diphtheria, tetanus and polio


        Hepatitis A


        Hepatitis B


        Hepatitis B Paediatric


        Hepatitis A and B combined


        Japanese Encephalitis


        Meningococcal ACWY




        Tick-borne encephalitis




        Yellow Fever



        Anti-Malarial Tablets Priced per Prescription for duration of trip