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Vaccinations - Are they required?

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Vaccinations - Are they required?

I am sure this topic has been done before, but here goes anyway.

I am travelling from Australia to Peru - Lima and Inca Trail in September and then on to the U.S.

Do I require any vaccinations?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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1. Re: Vaccinations - Are they required?

I just went to my doctor as we are planning our trip to Peru in November from the US. Although no vaccinations are required he recommends Hepititas A and to be current on your Tetenus vaccination.

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2. Re: Vaccinations - Are they required?

Read this : tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294311-c4353/Peru:Va…

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3. Re: Vaccinations - Are they required?

We also got typhoid shots, as typhoid fever is easily spread by contaminated food & water.

You don't need yellow fever vaccine or malaria meds unless you are going to the jungle areas of Peru.

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4. Re: Vaccinations - Are they required?

This is one thing you need to be absolutely sure about, and I would advise you to talk to a doctor that specialises in travel medicine, rather than relying on general advice from this forum, which although well intentioned, may not always be right.

I am also from Australia and heading to Peru (amongst other places) in September.

I visited the Travel Doctor, and had a consultation with a medical practioner there - he looked at my itinerary in detail, ,and then advised me on which vaccinations were essential and which might be worth adding. I ended up getting quite a few, largely because I believe prevention is better than cure, and in some cases, no cure exists - why risk it?

Peru is listed as an endemic zone for Yellow Fever. While you might not be actually visiting a known infected area, some countries require a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate if you're coming from Peru, before they'll let you into their country, so you need to be clear on this.

I should point out that I myself am a doctor, but my specialty is anaesthetics. Travel Medicine is a whole other specialist field, and it's always changing, so even I felt it necessary to consult a specialist.

The Travel Doctor is a very well-run, professional organisation that has clinics all over Australia. You can claim most of the cost of the consultation back from medicare. Their website is www.tmvc.com.au

It has lots of info, but again, I really would recommend actually speaking with someone, as it all depends on your where you're going, and how long you're going for.

They can also provide any necessary medications (and the required authorisation) you might want to take.

There are no doubt other doctors around that specialise in travel medicine, but the Travel Doctor is recommended on smarttraveler website, and I found them to be excellent.

One more thing - go as far in advance as possible, since if you do decide to get some vaccinations, some need to be given over several weeks.

Hope this helps - have a fantastic trip!

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5. Re: Vaccinations - Are they required?

Thanks everyone for the advice, I will be off to see the travel doctor ASAP (just to be sure).

Cheers

Peter

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6. Re: Vaccinations - Are they required?

Thanks to everyone who replied and particularly to "shesoffagain". I visited the travel doctor yesterday whilst in Sydney for business and was very impressed with the knowledgeable service provided, I was given Yellow Fever, Hep A, and Typhoid vaccinations as well as being kitted out with a travel first aid kit including antibiotics.

Thanks again and happy travelling.

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