It is reccomended that travellers to Foz do Iguaçu be vaccinated for yellow fever. In the case of yellow fever, immunization has to be 10 days before the date of travel. The yellow fever vaccine remains effective for ten years, and can be taken again after the end of this period.
Brazil can request yellow fever vaccinations for travelers coming from areas where the disease is present and that show a risk of spreading internationally. When this situation is declared, the Government must run a publicity campaign about the requirement to get vaccinated. For more information please click here or contact your local Brazilian Embassy or Consualate.
Dengue is an acute, febrile illness caused by a benign evolution virus in most cases. Its major vector is the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which breeds in tropical and subtropical areas. Due to the Brazil’s rainy season (December – March) and the elevated temperatures in the summer it is common for the number of dengue cases to increase. Symptoms of dengue fever usually begin 7 to 10 days after being bitten and include high fever with aching joints and bones and a headache. If you develop these symptoms, you should consult a doctor. Dengue fever is common in many other parts of the world including South America, Central American, the Caribbean and the Western Pacific. There is no vaccine to prevent dengue. You can reduce the risk of infection by taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites such as using insect repellents, wearing appropriate clothing to cover up - such as long sleeve tops and trousers and taking appropriate advice from your doctor or a travel health clinic at least 6-8 weeks before you travel so you know the risks and how to protect yourself from illness.