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#1 of 4 Old 07-15-2014, 11:42 AM - Thread Starter
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Unvaccinated child traveling from U.S. to Brazil

Any knowledge on the subject of traveling with an unvaccinated child from the U.S. specifically, to Brazil for a month or so in September. There will be much travel within Brazil during that time, so it won't be a one-stop trip. None of our children have ever been vaccinated and my middle daughter will be traveling with friends who are from Brazil.
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Depending on where she is traveling, I might be concerned about actually contracting diseases that there are vaccines for. For example, depending on the season and city, yellow fever or typhoid can be a big problem. I know vaccines don't have a 100% effective rate, and have met someone who was vaccinated against typhoid, yet still contracted it.

Unless coming from certain countries, vaccines for people traveling to Brazil are not mandatory. I forget where I have seen it (maybe on the WHO website?) but there are certain countries in Africa etc where you have to have a yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Brazil.

Vaccines (other than yellow fever and coming from those countries) arent required by law for foreigners. I'm an expat living in Brazil and haven't had anyone ever ask to see my vaccination card, or anything, coming or going, or even going to see a doctor.

If she's going to the Amazon, do have her take anti-malarials! Malaria is pretty common and pretty nasty, and not something you want your daughter to experience on what should be a fun trip!
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My babies traveled to and from the US and Ecuador without vaccines... well my first had one at birth but that's another story... We were mostly at high elevations and subtropical mountainous regions. Never made it to the rain forest so I can't relate there. Everyone in the US gave me hell for not vaccinating. My girls are so healthy, have never been sick! And they've been around (and in) some filthy stuff lol. I feel like we have very hardy genes in that regard, we eat clean/whole foods, take cod liver oil, etc. so maybe we have good immune systems? I don't know, I wasn't fearful for living/traveling in the regions where we were. I don't know that Brazil would be much different. Good luck! Safe travels!
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I'm so sorry I didn't notice the YEAR you posted this! I thought we were in July (doh, pregnancy brain!) and didn't catch this was from 2014. sooo umm... awkward. How was the trip??
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