Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 7, 2013 2:17 PM Last Post By: silviup
May 14, 2013 12:32 PM
Crucial VaccinationsHello! In regards to vaccinations for Peru, which ones are crucial? I plan on getting the yellow fever vaccine in the Lima Airport. I have heard that Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Malaria (jungle) are recommended.
My flight leaves tomorrow so I would need to get them in Lima. Any recommendations on which ones I should get first? If any?
Thanks a bunch,
May 14, 2013 12:49 PM
1There is no crucial vaccination in the sense that there is no vaccination required by the Peruvian authorities for entry to Peru. It all up to you and depends on where in Peru you go and what you do. Be aware that vaccinations have a lead time before they become effective. Some vaccinations need several shots. Malaria vaccination? Or do you mean buying and taking anti-malaria preventive tablets? Depending on how long you will stay in Peru you seem to be rather late in thinking about them.
May 14, 2013 1:11 PM
2Thanks for the tips. I will be in Peru for 5 weeks and will be starting in Lima, then heading to Pisco, Ica, Nazca, Cusco, Arequipa, and then Puno. I know that I would need the yellow fever vaccine to enter Bolivia after.
Also what I meant by crucial is vaccinations that are highly recommended and the possibility of getting severely sick without it. Thanks!
May 14, 2013 9:29 PM
3Going to the places you mention, you don't need to worry about malaria. I understand your motives for having the Yellow Fever vaccination at Lima airport. Opinions differ greatly but I would not go for any other vaccination, although Hepatitis A and Typhoid sound very reasonable to me. Some also take Rabies.
May 15, 2013 8:29 AM
4If you are not going into the Jungle...or living in the rural areas...or petting stray dogs...just Hep A would be enough...
Also remember some vaccinations can make you sick... Yellow Fever is not without side effects...
May 19, 2013 10:25 AM
5Malaria pills are only needed if you are going to the Amazon (all of the wonderful mosquitoes!), and sometimes have bad side effects. I spent almost a week in the just without malaria pills and was fine. I would recommend having an up-to-date tetanus shot just as a precaution. Other than that, you will be fine.
Oct 7, 2013 2:17 PM
6Best thing - better look for a doctor advice about the regions you are about to visit.
On the other hand, I have crossed the Bolivian border with Peru on Desaguadero and no one asked about anything medical. Indeed, I had to provide an itinerary while asking for Bolivian visa and I was told that if I will stick with the mountains regions in Bolivia, I wont need the YF vaccine certificate, else I will be required to present it on the embassy for visa application. Anyway, they didn't ask for the YF Certificate while leaving Bolivia on Santa Cruz airport - which is far from being a mountain region.
For Malaria - I have taken 3 times Malarone on different trips, both me and my wife without encounter any side effect (quite expensives pills though). IF you decide not to take anti-malarial prevention it is necessary to have a kit with you for emergency self-treatment (1 pack of Malarone with 12 pills will be the recommended dosage for treating malaria, according to the manufacturer prescription) BUT AGAIN YOU SHOULD ASK A QUALIFIED DOCTOR ABOUT ALL OF THESE.
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