Travel Vaccinations for Bolivia
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Bolivia.
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
|MMR||Yes||Person-to-Person||MMR, Course of Two||£50|
|DTaP||Yes||Person-to-Person||Revaxis, Single Dose||£40|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhim Vi, Single Dose||£50|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Epaxyl, Single Dose||£80|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||EnergixB, Course of Three||£55|
|Yellow Fever||Yes||Mosquitoes||Yellow Fever, Stamaril, Dingle Dose||£70|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabipur, Course of Three||£65|
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
Risk of Malaria in Bolivia
Malaria is a viral illness spread by Mosquitoes that bite from dusk to dawn throughout the tropical world. It causes high fever and severe joint and muscle pains. In serious cases, malaria can be fatal.
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellant such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Yellow Fever Risk and Certification Requirements for Bolivia
Travellers are not required by regulations to be vaccinated for Yellow Fever before entering the country. However, travellers to areas where there is a risk of Yellow Fever should get advice regarding vaccination prior to travel. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Certification Requirements.
Further Travel Health Advice for Bolivia
Whether or not the tale of Butch Cassidy being pursued by the Bolivian authorities is true, this starkly beautiful country has become famous for many other reasons.
La Paz, at an altitude of 3,660 metres, nestles on the sides of a canyon, dropping down from the plains surrounding the enormous city of El Alto. Bolivia is a study in nature, and adventuring on hikes, walking ancient Inca roads, and touring from the Andes, down into the Amazon basin.
Before you finalise your plans for Bolivia, it is important to plan a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, to ensure that you are completely safe and up-to-date with the Vaccinations you need for Bolivia.
Heat and Humidity
In winter, mountain regions that can be very dry and chilly, while in the lowlands heat can be intense. August can bring the most comfortable temperatures, but do keep yourself well hydrated and safe from the sun.
It is recommended that you drink only bottled water, and also use bottled water for brushing your teeth, no matter which area you visit.
Food and Drink
A large part of the excitement and discovery of any country is sampling native dishes. In Bolivia you will find simple and unusual dishes, like Chicharrón, which is kettle cooked piglet, and peanut butter soup, Sopa di Mani. A traditional drink, served at festivals, is Chicha, and for breakfast, the big favourite is Api, a drink made with sweet corn.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
The Bolivian health care system, varies greatly from region to region, and you will receive the most competent and efficient care through Private clinics. Generally, health care services are good. It is important to check ahead before travelling to remote locales Arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need, since private health care providers expect payment in cash.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with adequate travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any unusual activities.
Do take precautions when travelling throughout Bolivia. Pack warm clothing for touring elevated areas in summer. Exercise a high degree of caution, as there is much political and social conflict in Bolivia, sometimes resulting in blockades and route closures.