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Peru Vacations Travel Advice - Vaccinations

It is essential for all visitors to Peru to be informed about the latest vaccinations that are required. This informative article highlights the most common vaccinations and risks that you may be exposed to on a Peru vacations. 

For all travelers on Peru Vacations in South America you need to be informed about what vaccinations are required.

This article is intended to highlight the most common vaccinations taken by travelers who enter Peru, but it is always recommended that you seek the advice of a doctor or professional travel clinic for the latest and most up-to-date information available.

Consult a doctor several months before you travel, as some vaccinations may require several dosages which need to be administered over a period of time, and some may take a few weeks to take full effect. You also need to check that your standard vaccinations are up-to-date.

There are no official rules on what vaccinations visitors must have to enter Peru, and you are not required to show any papers or documentation to that effect. However, after your Peru vacations if you intend to travel onto any other country in South America (or elsewhere) you should check entry regulations that may prohibit you from entering without the proper vaccination record.

Here is a summary of vaccinations for Peru Vacations

Routine Vaccinations:
Make sure you are up-to-date with measles/mumps/rubella, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus and poliovirus.

Hepatitis A:

Recommended for all travelers to Peru

Hepatitis B:

Recommended for all travelers to Peru

Yellow Fever:

Recommended for travelers to the Amazon Jungle Regions, but is not required for travel to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lima, Lake Titicaca or Arequipa.

Typhoid:

Recommended for all visitors to tropical regions of Peru, and people visiting smaller cities or rural areas.

Rabies:
Recommended for all travelers to Peru. Contracted through animal bites from animals such as dogs, cats, bats and monkeys but can also include other wild/stray animals. Peru (especially Cusco) still has problems with many stray dogs. Important for visitors to the Amazon Jungle Region.

Malaria:
There is no vaccine for malaria therefore it is important to take necessary precautions to minimize any risk of exposure. Malaria prevention is particularly important for people travelling to the Amazon Jungle region of Peru (or any destination east of the Andes). Seek medical advice on a course of anti-malarial tablets from your doctor. See below for more information on prevention.

Dengue Fever

Whilst un-common in Peru dengue fever is something you need to be aware of. There is no vaccine for dengue fever so it is important to take prevention measures to avoid contracting this infection. See below for more information on prevention. 

Prevention of Malaria and Dengue
For all people travelling on Peru Vacations there are some basic prevention measures that you can take to help minimize the chance of contracting Malaria or Dengue. Always use insect repellent with a high deet content (30-50%). Standard lesser concentrated variants can be used on your skin whilst stronger ones are used on your clothing. Always sleep under a quality mosquito net that is lowered before sundown. Use light-colored long clothing to protect your body from insects. It is not required to take antimalarial medication in Lima, the southern coastline, or in highland destinations like Cusco, Lake Titicaca, PunoFree Web Content, The Sacred Valley or Machu Picchu.  

Government Websites:
The US government website for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is full of useful medical and travel information on the latest risks for travelers to Peru. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Paul Jones is a travel writer and industry professional living and working in Cusco, Peru. As a senior travel advisor for Totally Latin America, Paul has planned hundreds of tours to Peru and his expert local knowledge is invaluable to the company. Fluent in Spanish/English and married to a local Peruvian, Paul is passionate about Peru and is in a great position to communicate the latest developments and travel news about Peru. 
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