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
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 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,
Puno, The Sacred Valley or Machu Picchu.
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.
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
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