Vaccinations for Brazil &
Travelers Medical Information
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (The CDC) provides information about vaccinations for Brazil and for travel to other developing or tropical countries. The CDC indicates that vaccinations for Brazil may include: Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, and Typhoid. Malaria can be contracted in certain parts of Brazil.
Dengue Fever is endemic to Brazil and can be contracted in parts of Rio de Janeiro where mosquitoes breed. There is no Dengue Fever vaccination available. Visit the CDC website for facts about Dengue fever.
Please Note: we make no recommendations about vaccinations that a person may or should receive for travel to Brazil or to any other country.
As of 1/30/2010, information on the CDC's website indicates that "Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities."
The Centers for Disease Control and prevention website provides information about vaccinations for Brazil and other countries, travel warnings, locating a local clinic to receive vaccinations, and much more.
Hospitals & Clinics in Rio de Janeiro
If you fall ill during your Rio de Janeiro vacation, you will find that the public hospitals are generally not on par with those in the USA or Europe. The modern Trauma Hospital Copa D'Or in Copacabana, has a good reputation among Cariocas for treating more serious illness and injury.
There are several good private hospitals in the city that offer high quality of services, often on a 24 hour basis, for minor illnesses. You will have to pay by cash in R$ or by credit card, and the cost of lower level emergency care is usually not prohibitive. Hospital de Ipanema is one such private hospital located near Praça General Osorio, in Ipanema.
Travel Medical Insurance
Check with your health insurance company to determine the level of reimbursement you may receive for medical treatment rendered in Brazil.
Travelers to Rio de Janeiro and other parts of South America should consider the purchase of Travel Medical Insurance which may be packaged with Trip Cancellation Insurance at a very reasonable cost.
Pharmacies in Rio, known as "Drogarias" or "Farmacias", are abundant and often open 24 hours. Pharmacists in Brazil are able to dispense some medications that, in the USA, would have to be prescribed by a medical doctor. Pharmacists in Brazil are also allowed to give injections of certain medications. Exercise caution when purchasing medications that in your home country would normally require a doctor's prescription.
Drogaria Pacheco is one such 24 hour pharmacy, with several locations in Copacabana, on Avenida NS de Copacabana, and in Ipanema, on Rua Visconde de Piraja.
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