Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travelers to many countries in South America and Africa. Currently there is an outbreak in Brazil that is affecting popular tourist destinations, but yellow fever vaccine is only available at a limited number of clinics in the US. Travelers should plan ahead.
Yellow Fever Outbreak in Brazil
CDC has posted a Level 2 Travel Alert for yellow fever in Brazil. Since early 2018, a number of unvaccinated non-US travelers to Brazil have gotten yellow fever and several have died. Vaccination is now recommended for more areas of Brazil than before, including popular destinations like Ilha Grande and the cities of Rio and São Paulo. CDC recommends that people who have never been vaccinated (including those who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons) NOT travel to areas in Brazil where vaccination is recommended. Talk to your doctor before travel to make sure you’re prepared.