If you’re travelling to Brazil, here are some essential tips to help better plan your journey:
Consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and/or antimalarial tablets.
Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
If you become sick or injured during your trip, and need urgent medical attention, dial 192 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and/or accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Private hospitals will not accept you unless you can present evidence of sufficient funds or insurance.
Travellers to Brazil are entitled to emergency medical treatment in public hospitals; however public hospitals are often crowded in larger cities.
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