South America instalment 2

So many vaccinations

Vaccinations No vaccinations are required before entering Peru but it’s a good idea to have the following:

Polio/tetanus: boosters give at least ten years’ coverage.

Typhoid: three years’ coverage.

Rabies: a double jab, six months apart, gives five years’ protection. Strongly recommended if going off the beaten track. Rabies occurs in Peru and care should be taken approaching domesticated animals. If heading off the beaten track it is a good idea to be vaccinated against rabies before traveling. In the jungle rabies is endemic in many species, so think twice about stroking lodge “pets.” However, the incidence level is low and most Peruvians do not worry about it. Seek specialist medical advice from your doctor or a vaccination center prior to departure.

Hepatitis A and B: recommended if eating in remoter areas in establishments with uncertain hygiene standards.

Yellow fever: much of Peru is a designated risk area. Free vaccinations are given, if arriving by plane, at the airport in the three major jungle towns: Iquitos, Pucallpa, and Puerto Maldonado.

Malaria: a potential threat in the Amazon region below 8,200 feet (2,500 m). However, the risk is greater in the north than the south, where many short-term visitors opt not to take medication.

If staying longer in the jungle, ask about dengue fever, Chagas’ disease, and leishmaniasis.

More to come

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