Are shots needed for Peru visit?

Old Jun 4th, 2009, 04:58 PM
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Are shots needed for Peru visit?

We are going to Peru in October 2009 and I'm wondering if any shots are recommended. I have read many posts about Peru and have not seen any recommendations relating to shots or vaccines. We are doing the basic trip - Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Puno, Arequipa, Colca Canyon. We will not be visiting the jungle at all. Thanks in advance for any advise on this!
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 05:41 PM
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It's recommended to get Hepatitis A/B (can be had with a combo shot) You should start this now, but you should check with doctor to be sure you can take the shots. Mine wanted to run blood work first.

Also get a scrip for Cipro or take Pepto Bismol. Something like 1/3 to 1/2 of travelers seem to get intestinal upsets.
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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 11:01 PM
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Strongly recommend you consult a doctor or travel clinic for up to date and informed advice because things do change constantly. I have had just about every vaccination going as I went to work in Africa for a while so feel prtty much protected against almost anything. We spent 6 weeks in Peru last year (great place BTW!) and visited all the places you mentioned. The previuos posters coments re Hep a & B and Ciproflaxin are spot on. Peru is a developing country and food hygiene standards are pretty lax to say the least, and dont assume that if you stay in 5* places that it necessarily means the hygeine is any better than a street stall or market (at least you can see what is happening with teh food there).

by all means get a prescription for Cipro (if indeed that is still the antibiotic of choice for the area) but it is possible to buy it over the counter in Peru and is probably a lot cheaper than at home. I suggest that you get some on arrival as when you need it you need it quickly!!
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Old Jun 5th, 2009, 04:14 AM
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http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/peru.aspx
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Old Jun 5th, 2009, 04:23 AM
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www.mdtravelhealth.com Peru

correct info from Travel MD

No jabs required but usual childhood and Hep jabs suggested.

Have fun.
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Thanks all for your advice and excellent resources!
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Hi Cactexas, I'm going to be traveling to Peru (Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cuzco) in December. I was wondering what vaccinations you ended up getting. Thanks!
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