Vaccination Recommendations for Rio de Janiero, Brazil

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We're excited about preparations for the Junior World Championships and hope our athletes' training is going well.  Part of that preparation is making sure we can minimize illness while far from home in Rio. There are certain health precautions all potential Junior National Team athletes and their families should be aware of.  Please note the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for vaccination recommendations and get started early.

  • All travelers should be up-to-date on routine vaccines including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP), varicella (chickenpox), and polio vaccines.  You should also have received your yearly flu shot.

  • We expect all athletes will be up-to-date on Hepatitis B vaccination, but also recommend a Hep A vaccine.  This is a series of 2 shots, 6 months apart, so please get the first of the series soon, which will provide some protection, and the second shot can be obtained after that trip.  Typhoid vaccination is also recommended.

  • Malaria is a risk in Brazil, but less so where we will be, so we do not recommend malaria prevention medication secondary to possible side effects.  We do recommend good bug spray to minimize any complications for mosquitos, however. And if you plan to travel to other parts of Brazil, taking the medication may be advisable. 

  • Finally, there is also a Yellow fever vaccine available if you plan to travel to other parts of Brazil, but it is not necessary if just traveling to Rio.

If you have any specific questions about these recommendations, please discuss with your doctor, refer to the CDC website above, and/or feel free to contact Junior Team Doctor, Kate Ackerman, MD MPH, at Kathryn.ackerman@childrens.harvard.edu
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