Just a quick one really, i've looked into the health requirements for a trip to Peru in September and think I'm right in saying that I need 'Yellow Fever' jab and Malaria? Does anyone know if there is anything else that is required?
ANy help would be appreciated.
Yellow Fever/Malaria vaccinations should only be necessary if you go into the jungle; you don't need them for the rest of Peru (although there's a select few countries which require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination if you've recently been in Peru, regardless of what are of Peru you visited). Hepatitis A/Hepatitis B are always recommended, and protection against Typhoid Fever is very much worth it as well. (A fellow travellerspoint member got a real bad case of that when she went to South America many years ago.)
(Also, you really shouldn't trust health advice from random people on a random forum, but actually consult a doctor.)
Sander is correct about everything. But, it also depends on your itinerary, length of time in country and if you will be exiting Peru to visit Brazil or Argentina. He is also correct about seeing a medical professional. If you do not have a personal physician, I know the UK does have travel clinics for such things.
Please see: Yellow Fever & Malaria Information, by Country. (I am working on updating the links for all the wiki health pages as some are outdated.)
Hep A&B are highly recommended and you have time to do the full course of inoculations. Hep A is contracted through food, water, unclean dish ware. Street vendors are the biggest problem. Hep B is just a good precautionary decision. It is transmitted through blood, saliva and other bodily fluids. Hospitals/clinics are usually the biggest culprit should you need medical treatment for any reason. (No one wants to become sick or injured while traveling but shit does happen at times.)
Typhoid Fever is also recommended as it is contracted through food, water, etc. It's available as injections or tablets. Most opt for the tablet route. Our samsara2 had to put her travels on hold for 3 weeks when she was diagnosed with typhoid from eating undercooked eggs. Though she had been inoculated prior to her trip, she still was hospitalized and then finished her recovery in her hostel room. Had she not been vaccinated, it could have been a much worse scenario. I believe she had also purchased travel insurance but her out-of-pocket expense was money she would have preferred to spend traveling. It also took 3 weeks off of her scheduled itinerary which meant real work to adjust her plans.
As for malaria - again, it depends on your itinerary and time in country. If you choose to use an anti-malarial, I do not recommend Larium (mefloquine) due to it's side effects. Peru also has a strain of the chloroquine-resistant parasite. Malarone or doxycycline are the best choices - both have their down sides. Malarone is expensive and by prescription only but taken once a week with 1-2 doses taken upon arriving home. Doxy is taken daily, available in Peru as an OTC but you will continue treatment for an additional 3-4 weeks once home.
Hope this helps!
Thanks for the info guys, very helpful.