Vaccinations for Peru
There are strongly recommended vaccinations for Peru including cover against a range of diseases including Yellow Fever as the disease does occur within the country even though the risk in southern Peru along the Inca Trail is negligible at this time.
For the short-term tourist cover against food and water borne diseases (Hepatitis A and Typhoid) and childhood diseases (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis).
Most travellers should have their initial consultation for vaccinations for Peru at least 4 – 6 weeks in advance of departure. However, those planning a longer trip or more extensive trekking will need to consider cover against other serious conditions like Hepatitis B and Rabies and may wish to attend earlier.
The W.H.O. report Malaria transmission in Peru in certain areas and you may be prescribed Malaria Prophylaxis depending on your itinerary.
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease transmitted by sandflys present in Peru. The skin ulcers associated with this condition can take months to heal. Take care to avoid all insect bites – especially while along the Inca Trail. One of the biggest problems facing travellers to this region is the risk of insect bites. Along the Inca Trail you will often find that many travellers have been bitten significantly by both mosquitoes and sandflys. There are a number of diseases transmitted by these insects in this region and so it is essential to protect yourself. Wearing long sleeved pale coloured clothing and applying good insect repellent (with DEET 30-50% at least) will help. This will be particularly important for the visit to Machu Picchu.
Please remember every trip will require a specialised consultation and this information only contains general guidelines.