Argentina vaccination guide


Which jabs do you need to get before you head to Argentina?

Vaccinations and diseases to look out for


If you're heading to Argentina, you'll need to watch out for the Zika virus, yellow fever, and malaria and dengue fever.

Keep yourself out of trouble with the Argentina safety guide.

Vaccinations

  • Travellers to Argentina should get hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations, because you can get both these diseases through contaminated food and water in the country, regardless of where you're staying.
  • If you intend to get a tattoo or piercing, have sex with a new partner, or you may require medical procedures, you should consider getting a hepatitis B vaccination. Hepatitis B is spread through sexual contact, contaminated needles and blood products.
  • Travellers who are likely to have contact with animals should get a rabies vaccine.
  • And if you're heading to the north or northeast of Argentina, you should get a yellow fever vaccine.

Yellow fever

Yellow fever is a serious mosquito-transmitted viral disease that can cause serious illness and death. While some people will only be mildly affected, in most cases symptoms are severe and may appear in two stages. In the first stage sufferers will run a fever and have muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, headaches and weakness. Between 15–25% of those who have been infected will move into the second, toxic stage of the disease, of whom half will die within 10 to 14 days. Yellow fever can't be treated, though medication can relieve some of its symptoms.

There is a risk of contracting yellow fever in the north and northeast areas of Argentina, in the Misiones Province (including Iguazu Falls) and parts of Corrientes Province (Beron de Astrada, Capital, General Alvear, General Paz, Itati, Ituzaingo, Paso de los Libres, San Cosme, San Martin, San Miguel and Santo Tome). If you plan to travel to these areas, you'll need a yellow fever vaccination.

To get the jab, you'll need to go to an approved yellow fever vaccination clinic, which will be able to provide you with a special certificate in a form approved by the World Health Organization. You'll be protected 10 days from the day you get the jab, and it'll last for life.

If you visit areas that have a risk of yellow fever, you won't be allowed into some countries without your certificate. Australian customs officers may ask for proof of a yellow fever vaccination, but they won't prevent you from re-entering the country. You'll be given an information card and told to look out for symptoms over the next few days.


Where can you get a yellow fever vaccination?

To find your nearest yellow fever vaccination clinic, contact your local health department.


Australian Capital Territory

Communicable Disease Control

ACT Department of Health

Phone: (02) 6205 2300

ACT Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres

New South Wales

Public Health Units

NSW Department of Health

Phone: 1300 066 055

NSW Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres

Northern Territory

NT Centre for Disease Control

Department of Health and Families

Phone: (08) 8922 8044

NT Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres

Queensland

Communicable Diseases Unit

Queensland Health

Phone: (07) 3328 9724

QLD Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres

South Australia

Department of Health

Phone: 1300 232 272

SA Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres

Tasmania

Communicable Disease Prevention Unit

Phone: 1800 671 738

Tas Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres

Victoria

Immunisation Section

Department of Health

Phone: 1300 882 008

Vic Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres

Western Australia

Department of Health Western Australia

Phone: (08) 9388 4878

WA Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres

Zika virus

Northern areas of Argentina including Tucuman Province are currently experiencing an outbreak of the Zika virus. The illness is often asymptomatic, though one in five infected people will suffer flu-like symptoms for a few days. Some people may get a fever, rash, severe headache, joint pain, and muscle or bone pain, though in most cases they will not need to go to the hospital.

Zika is primarily transmitted through mosquito bites, but there have been rare cases of the disease being sexually transmitted.

Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant face the greatest risk from Zika, as it can cause children to be born with microcephaly – a seriously underdeveloped head and brain. The Australian government recommends women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant reconsider their need to travel to Argentina.

You should try to avoid mosquito bites by covering up in light-coloured clothing and wearing repellent containing DEET or Picaridin.

Check Smart Traveller's Zika Bulletin and the World Health Organization's Zika factsheet for the latest advice and read CHOICE's article about how the Zika virus could affect your travel insurance.

Malaria and dengue fever

Malaria is present in rural areas along Argentina's northern borders with Bolivia and Paraguay. Malaria risk can be minimised by taking anti-malarial medications (prophylaxis).

Travellers may also encounter dengue fever and chikungunya, especially in the wet seasons (May to August and November to January). As with Zika, avoid these mosquito-borne diseases by covering up in light-coloured clothing and wearing insect repellent.

Drinking water

Tap water in Argentina's major cities is safe to drink. In rural areas, you should only drink boiled or bottled water and avoid ice cubes.


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