FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil

The 2014 FIFA World Cup of soccer will be held in Brazil from June 12 through July 13.  Matches will be played in 12 different cities.

Book your appointment to discuss the best plan to keep you healthy and safe so you can enjoy the games and see the sights.  Ideally you should book an appointment about 6-8 weeks before you depart, but we can still come up with a plan even under shorter notice.

Below are a few general travel health tips if you are planning on going to Brazil for the World Cup.  Much more information is provided at an appointment and the info is tailored to the specific details of your trip and your health status.

Yellow fever vaccine:

Of the World Cup cities, yellow fever vaccination is typically recommended for travel to Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Cuiaba, and Manaus.  Because yellow fever vaccine is a live vaccine, certain travellers may not be good candidates to receive it.  Having a discussion with our travel health consultant will determine if the vaccine can be administered to you.  Also, this is a vaccine that can only be administered at clinics approved by Health Canada.   Polaris Travel Clinic and Pharmacy in Airdrie is a certified yellow fever vaccination centre.

Other vaccines:

Other vaccines that should be considered for a trip to Brazil include: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), and tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis.  Your vaccination history, medical conditions, allergies, and planned activities on your trip will determine if these or other vaccines may be needed.


Manaus is the only World Cup city that anti-malarial medication is typically recommended.  If you are making other trips while in the country, particularly to visit the Amazon, you may need these medications.  Determining the right anti-malaria medication is part of what happens at a travel health consultation.  It’s also important to pack a good mosquito repellant as no anti-malaria medication is 100% effective.

Food and water safety:

Food and water safety also needs to be considered.  Traveller’s diarrhea can occur while in Brazil.  Education about what to eat and what to avoid is important.  At your travel health consultation, we often recommend and prescribe an antibiotic that you can take if you develop traveller’s diarrhea.  It can resolve symptoms quite quickly.

Don’t forget to

  • Have adequate travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance
  • Pack a good travel first aid kit
  • Practice safe sex
  • Respect local laws
  • Choose safe methods of transportation
  • If you develop a fever or feel sick even if it is weeks after returning, see a physician and make sure you tell them you were out of country

Local emergency numbers (in Portuguese):  190 (police), 192 (ambulance), and 193 (fire department).  

Canadian embassy in Brazil:

Brazil embassy in Canada:



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