You May Need Certain Vaccinations if Traveling to Other Parts of Argentina

If you are taking a trip to Argentina and don’t plan on leaving Buenos Aires, you probably don’t need any special vaccinations. However you may need certain vaccinations if you will be traveling to other parts of Argentina, such as Iguazu Falls.

Below is a brief summary of recommendations offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Check the CDC website for complete, up-to-date recommendations and advisories. Another good reference is the brochure International Travel and Health published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Yellow Fever

The CDC recommends yellow fever vaccination for travelers older than 9 months of age visiting the northern and northeastern forested areas of Argentina, including Iguazu Falls and Misiones, and all areas bordering Paraguay and Brazil. 


According to the CDC there is some risk of malaria in certain parts of Argentina including rural areas of Salta and Jujuy province along the border with Bolivia, and Misiones and Corrientes along the border with Paraguay. 

If you will be visiting these areas for only a few days, the CDC recommends taking precautions to protect yourself from mosquito bites. If you are staying for a longer duration, you may want to consider antimalarial medication.

Dengue Fever

A recent outbreak of dengue fever has sickened several thousand people in Argentina, mostly in the northern state of Chaco. This year’s outbreak is a spillover from nearby Bolivia, which had 50,000 cases this season.

Dengue fever is transmitted by mosquito bites. Prevention steps include avoiding the outbreak areas or taking mosquito bite precautions. There’s no commercially available vaccine that prevents the disease.

More Information

Be sure you visit the CDC website for all their recommendations and advice concerning diseases and vaccinations, as well as general tips on how to stay healthy while traveling.

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  1. TheWanderer Says:

    My doctor told me I needed the yellow fever vaccine before I went to Panama. It turned out that the risk of Yellow Fever was practically zero. In fact there was probably a greater risk of a nasty side effect from the vaccine than from getting Yellow Fever. I would definitely think twice before letting a doctor shoot you up with anything.

    Just my two cents.

    Great site, btw.

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