Bolivia Vaccination Recommendations

Bolivia Vaccination Recommendations

The following travel vaccinations are recommended when traveling to Bolivia, based on historical disease patterns in that country. They represent the typical diseases endemic or prevalent in Bolivia for which there are highly effective vaccines available offering strong protection against the disease.

There are may be other diseases which are prevalent in Bolivia but which are not shown here because either there are no vaccines available to combat the disease, or because the vaccines available are not highly effective in protecting travelers from the disease. In these cases, other travel health protection measures should be followed. Please click on the "Read More" links to the right of each travel disease listed below to find out more about these other travel health precautionary measures while traveling to Bolivia.

In addition to the typical or endemic disease pattern information presented here, please check the Global Travel Alerts and Travel Health Advisories page which contains the latest information on any current outbreaks that may be occurring in Bolivia.

In addition to reading the vaccination recommendations for Bolivia on this page, booking a consultation appointment with your local travel clinic or nearest immunization center will help ensure you are aware of all the vaccination requirements and other health precautions advised while traveling to Bolivia.

CDC Vaccination Recommendations for Bolivia in Tropical South America
Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with "standard" tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.
Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission, especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).
Recommended for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas, involved in activities such as bicycling, camping, or hiking. Also recommended for travelers with significant occupational risks (such as veterinarians), for long-term travelers and expatriates living in areas with a significant risk of exposure, and for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats, carnivores, and other mammals. Children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with animals, may receive more severe bites, or may not report bites.
Yellow Fever Vaccine Requirement: Required upon arrival from all countries if traveler is ≥1 year of age.
CDC Recommendation: Medical waivers must be translated into Spanish and accompany the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP). Travelers who do not have a valid ICVP will still be allowed to enter Bolivia if they agree to sign an affidavit exempting the Bolivian state from any liability in the event the traveler gets sick with yellow fever within the Bolivian territory. This last option may cause delays at the point of entry.CDC recommendation: For all travelers ≥9 months of age traveling to areas east of the Andes Mountains. Vaccination is NOT recommended for travel only to the cities of La Paz or Sucre. Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10 year intervals if there is on-going risk.
Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in Bolivia, especially if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.

For more information on travel health risks and vaccination recommendations while traveling to Bolivia,
please see the CDC website entry for Bolivia.