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Feeling The Prick: Vaccinations For Travel To South America

I admit, I am petrified of needles. In fact, I still get highly emotional (cry) when I am within ten feet of needles.

So when it came to getting the mandatory Yellow Fever vaccination (side note: Australian passport holders require a Visa to enter Brazil), I gotta tell you I was a mess! I must’ve asked my GP a million questions & was literally running for the exit.

And that was only one prick.

I also had to update my Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations.

That was prick number two.

My GP also discussed vaccinations against Tetanus, Rabies, Meningococcal & Malaria. Not only are vaccines expensive, but the thought of having more needles gets my stomach in knots.

But then again, you can’t put a price on life.

I did some digging via travel forums, blogs, the World Health Organisation (WHO) website & various Australian government/health websites to get a (balanced) idea on the topic. I’m quite torn on whether to get the tetanus/rabies/meningococcal/malaria shots.

So I call on other travellers who have been & gone to South America:

Is it necessary to get such vaccinations?


  1. Hi Ailene,
    Im going to Chile and Argentina in January…so I’ll be finding out more about vaccinations in the next few weeks…
    I’ll repost what my doc says then….


    • ailenerhea says

      hey chris…yes please let me know. When we went to the travel docs, it just seemed like he was trying to ‘upsell’ all these vaccs but @ the same time, we value our lives way too much not to take his ‘recommendations’ on board. Decisions, decisions!! HA!


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