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Travel Vaccinations for Peru

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Peru

A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.

Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Hepatitis A - Adult
From £93
Rabies
From £75
Typhoid
From £60
Yellow Fever + Certificate
From £83
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50
There is a risk of Malaria in Peru. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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Peru

Destination Information for Peru

Peru, in South America, is a stunning country of rich Amazon rainforest and home to historical landmark and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan city which sits high up in the mountains of the Andes. Machu Picchu is the most visited site in Peru, and, indeed, the whole of South America, but there’s a lot more to Peru than this one highlight.

Mountain ranges and jungles, quiet colonial towns and villages and staggering modern cities, beautiful beaches and vast deserts, the contrasts are incredible. Tourists can try their hand at surfing, catch a tan on the beach, trek the iconic Inca Trail and take part in a variety of adrenaline sports including kayaking, horseriding, paragliding and much more. If you fancy a change of pace, you can opt to stroll around cobbled streets, sample some of the delicious traditional foods and shop for gifts and souvenirs at street markets.

Famously, ‘deepest, darkest Peru’ is also the origin of the much-loved character, Paddington Bear.

Overall, Peru is a complex country with many facets: fabulous wildlife, scenery, ancient civilisations and ruins and a colourful carnival culture; when visiting Peru you can also take in the noise and bustle of the chaotic capital, Lima.

Tourists in Peru can take their pick from accommodation ranging from basic hostels and guesthouses to 5 star hotels and resorts catering for package holidays. While December to February is high season for beaches and the coast, the Inca Trail is closed for rainy season in the highlands – check your specific destination and itinerary carefully to find the best time for your trip.

With so much to see in a country with such rich history, ensure your trip isn’t interrupted through illness by receiving the correct travel vaccinations. The recommended vaccines include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. Yellow Fever Vaccination is recommended for those aged 9 months of age and older travelling to parts of Peru.

In addition, vaccines such as rabies, and hepatitis B may pose a risk so visit one of our travel clinics for a consultation to find out exactly what you need.

There is a point of elevation in this country higher than 2,500 metres. Some example places of interest: Machu Picchu 2,430m, Cusco 3,399m; Inca trail max ~4,200m; Pisac 2,972m; Cerro de Pasco 4,330m; La Rinconada 5,100m; Puno 3,827m so please discuss altitude sickness at your consultation too.

Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

West Nile virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Zika virus

Zika virus is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are most active during the day, especially during mid-morning, then late afternoon and dusk through to evening. For most people it's a very mild infection with minor or no symptoms, but is more of a risk to pregnant woman as it could result in certain birth defects.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Leishmaniasis

A parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (the most common): Causes skin lesions, mainly ulcers on exposed parts of the body, causing scars and serious disability. 90% of cases are in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis (the most dangerous): Causes enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and irregular bouts of fever. Highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucotaneous (the least common): Causes partial or total destruction of the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat. Most cases are found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Trypanosomiasis

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which is only found in rural Africa. Initial symptoms include severe headache, insomnia, enlarged lymph nodes, anaemia and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Additional Health Risks Information for Peru

When visiting Peru, it’s imperative to take sensible precautions regarding personal safety and security, as street crime including theft and pickpocketing is common. These precautions include avoiding travelling alone at night, carrying valuables on your person and keeping a close watch on personal belongings in busy areas.

If you take a taxi, be sure to book in advance through a reputable firm. And, for those travelling by bus, be aware that road and vehicle maintenance, as well as driving standards in Peru, are not the same as in the UK.

To keep yourself healthy while in Peru, it’s important to prevent food poisoning and other hygiene-related bugs and avoid insect bites as much as possible. The weather can be hot and sunny, so stay hydrated by drinking bottled water, and use appropriate sun protection. Altitude sickness is also a risk for those considering trekking, climbing or taking part in other sports in the mountains. Make sure you know the signs and symptoms; also, ensure you have a means of seeking help if you or someone in your party begins to suffer.

Medical treatment is available in the main cities and towns but can be expensive. Ensure that you have sufficient travel insurance in place for all planned activities, which includes repatriation if necessary. UK health authorities have classified Peru as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. Take suitable precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos for the duration of your stay, and if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you may want to reconsider your trip to Peru.

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