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?