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11. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Sparlita

Hi samsara2,

Did you have a typhoid vaccination before visiting Peru?

Since Ev (Samsara) has not had a chance to answer you yet... (I think she's busy watching TV at the hostel in Cusco and planning her escape as soon as the doctors approve.)

Yes, Samsara did get her typhoid vaccination before leaving Ireland. I don't remember exactly how long before her departure that was, but I do know (from chatting with her a few days ago) that she, indeed, was innoculated.

Take the oral vaccine, if you can get it, but definitely be vaccinated before your trip.

12. Posted by Sparlita (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

Thanks. I also have the vaccination, I was just wondering if she got the fever despite also being vaccinated. That worries me.

13. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

Bloody Elle Ev (Samsara),
I should have warned you about the microwaved guinea-pig burgers!!
Get ya every time.
Get well and get back on the road.

Just a Monty Python's scratch.


14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Sparlita

Thanks. I also have the vaccination, I was just wondering if she got the fever despite also being vaccinated. That worries me.

Here is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about the typhoid vaccinatons. It will also explain how, even after being innoculated, some people can still contract the disease.

'While immunization is recommended, travelers should be cautioned that none of the available typhoid vaccines are 100% effective, nor do they provide cross protection against other common causes of gastrointestinal infections. Typhoid vaccination is not a substitute for careful selection of food and drink.'


'Two typhoid vaccines are currently available for use in the United States: an oral live, attenuated vaccine (Vivotif Berna vaccine, manufactured from the Ty21a strain of S. Typhi by the Swiss Serum and Vaccine Institute) and a Vi capsular polysaccharide vaccine (ViCPS) (Typhim Vi, manufactured by Aventis Pasteur) for intramuscular use. Both vaccines have been shown to protect 50%-80% of recipients.'

Source: Prevention of Specific Infectious Diseases - Typhoid Fever

The vaccine (oral or intramuscular injection) will increase your immunity to typhoid and is a good idea, even if it is not 100% effective against the disease. Well-informed is well-armed. Go and enjoy your trip!!

15. Posted by Sparlita (Budding Member 41 posts) 11y

Thanks so much for the info. I got the oral one a few years back so if their studies are right I should still be 50-80% covered... phew! haha. Here we go!

16. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I'm glad the information was helpful!! Are you all packed yet??? ;)

17. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Sparlita,

As Isadora said, yes I did indeed get my Typhrix vaccination before I left Ireland, about 6 weeks - 2 months before. (not entirely sure of the dates), and very glad I am now that I did. The level of typhoid and paratyphoid in my system when I got sick were actually quite low, the doctor said, so Im trying to imagine just how sick I could have been without the vaccine!

I suppose the best advice is be supervigilant about hygiene - washing your hands, having antisceptic wipes to hand. In most of the hostels/hostals here, they dont have soap or toilet paper in the bathrooms, which makes personal hygiene even more difficult.
And just being very careful about what you eat and drink - the doctor said I may have picked it up from eggs (something I was eating a lot of) or from water (maybe on the Inka Trail). There´s no way of pinpointing where I got it, but I´m being very very careful from now on about a lot of things! Have to remember Im essentially in a developing country and not at home. Maybe I got a bit careless.

Anyway, chances are if you get vaccinated youre not going to get it! I was just unlucky!! ;)

18. Posted by cecigom (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I did the Short inca trail with PACHAMAMA EXPLORERS. I receive a correct treatment when I hired the Short Inca trail vía email. When we arrived to Cuzco we went to the travel agency and they told us all the excursion details, they didn’t tell us about some land sliding that happened two weeks ago and that changed substantially the Inka trail route. In addition to this, they didn’t tell us that we would not arrive to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate (Intipunku). Instead of walking six hours we walked for one hour and a half near the Urubamba river, we arrived to some ruins and then we crossed the river and walked for another hour and a half by the railway until we arrived at Aguas Calientes. When we made our discharges at the travel agency first we were told that they didn’t know that despite that the guide knew this information and told us that, and after that they said that they have forgotten to tell us.

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