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Michael brings his wife and son to the jungle every Season, read how he prepares his family for this adventure.
BRAZILIAN VACCINATION RECOMMENDATIONS
What you need to know:
We are NOT DOCTORS, we are fishing guides. Always consult your doctor, the CDC, and your travel clinic for recommendations.
We won't tell you what other vaccinations to take, but Michael can share what his wife and son take to prepare for their family week in the Amazon.
"For my family, I feel Hep A & B are important for anyone who is traveling internationally. This helps to protect against food and water-borne illnesses. Yellow Fever is becoming a bigger problem worldwide, and it certainly exists in Brazil. They've recently changed this vaccination status from a "once every 10-year shot " to a "once-and-done". If you've ever had the shot, then you no longer need to have it again. In addition to keeping my routine vaccinations up to date, my doctor recommends I take daily probiotics."
Malaria - It's difficult to believe, but we simply don't have mosquitoes where we are fishing, but they certainly are alive and well in Manaus, Barcelos, and São Sebastião (our ports of entry)." At the end of our Season, we always end up with a box full of bug spray bottles that our guests brought but never used. Michael has never taken any medication to prevent malaria, and he is in the jungle 4 months a year.
We've never had a guest get hit with Malaria, but some of our staff have (due to their time off the rivers and deep in the interior jungles). Therefore we DO recommend that you are properly protected by taking anti-malarial prophylaxis during your stay. There are different prophylaxis available, so consult your doctor to see which is the best for you. If possible, test it out before your adventure with us to ensure you don't have any weird side effects. The best one that we know of can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/travelers/drugs.html Remember to take this medication on a full stomach!