Chile

Chile is lying on a long narrow strip of land between the Andes mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. This intriguing South American country will go beyond travelers’ greatest expectations with the diversity of its stunning wild landscapes, its pure starry sky and its highly hospitable population. The arid Atacama desert and its salares inhabited by flamingos contrast with the dramatic scenery of the Andes, the large lakes surrounded by snowy volcanoes, and the picturesque wineries of central Chile. The enigmatic Easter Island and its Moai Statues, located in the South Eastern Pacific Ocean, make Chile even more fascinating.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

CHILE – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

Hepatitis A Recommended for all travelers.
Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.
Flu – Influenza Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella) Recommended for all travelers
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”
Hepatitis B Consider for most travelers; recommended for those who might be exposed to blood or other body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).
Chagas Disease Presence. All travelers should protect themselves against triatomine bugs.
Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC) Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin or Suprax.
Acetazolamide/Dexaméthasone Recommended to prevent Acute mountain sickness (AMS).

MEDICAL CARES

In Chile, it is possible to find very good medical care following Western standards in major cities. It is very easy to obtain an appointment with a doctor in Chile. Numerous English speaking medical professionals are working in the country, and they are usually very well trained. Santiago has some modern and well equipped medical facilities, like the Cli­nica Las Condes and the Cli­nica Alemana. But outside of large cities, it is hard to find reliable medical services.

In case of emergency, call 131.

Medicines are easily accessible in Chile, as there are numerous pharmacies all across the country. But always bring your personal first aid kit.

SECURITY ABROAD

The situation is currently unpredictable and fluid in Chile.

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Emergency services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 133
  • medical assistance: 131
  • firefighters: 132