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Peru : Travel Health

WARNING! This information is out-dated and likely to be inaccurate!

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Please note that this health information about Peru may be out-of-date. Always research the current health conditions and issues in any region you plan to visit prior to departure.

Infectious Diseases and Medical Concerns for Peru

The following medical diseases or health concerns are more common in travel to Peru (compared to the USA and other areas of the Western World):

More Common Diseases and Medical Concerns for Peru

The following health concerns or diseases are more commonly found in Peru compared to the USA and other areas of the Western World:

Less Common Diseases and Health Concerns for Peru

The following health concerns or medical diseases are less commonly found in Peru compared to the USA and other areas of the Western World:

Vaccinations for Travel to Peru

The following medical vaccinations are desirable or helpful for travel to Peru to prevent contagious diseases in Peru:

  • hepatitis A - or immune globulin (IG)
  • hepatitis B - if risk of exposure to blood/bodily fluid or medical treatment or if your stay will be longer than 6 months then all infants and children 11-12 years who did not complete the series as infants
  • rabies - if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or recreation
  • typhoid
  • yellow fever - if going outside urban areas
  • tetanus - booster dose as needed
  • diphtheria - booster dose as needed
  • measles - booster dose as needed

Preventions or Health Precautions for Travel to Peru

Any health risk of travel to Peru may be reduced by the following precautionary health measures when visiting Peru:

  • Take your malaria prevention medication before/during/after travel as directed
  • high rate of motor vehicle trauma - avoid night driving and wear seatbelts
  • mosquito bite prevention
  • insect bite protection
  • avoid drinking non-treated water - only drink bottled or canned water
  • eat only thoroughly cooked food or fruits and vegetables you have peeled yourself
  • keep feet clean and dry - help prevent parasitic infections
  • do not go barefoot - help prevent parasitic infections
  • always use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • don't eat food purchased from street vendors
  • don't drink beverages with ice
  • don't share needles with anyone
  • don't handle animals (especially monkeys/dogs/cats) - to avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague - risk for travelers is small)
  • don't swim in fresh water. Salt water is usually safer
  • avoid crowded public places and public transportation whenever possible
  • extreme care should be taken when mountaineering, many deaths have occurred from people falling in slippery and steep areas
  • strong currents make swimming and rafting dangerous - take care and heed local precautions
  • caymans and large reptiles are found in jungle areas - take care and heed local precautions
  • Earthquakes may occur - take care and heed local precautions

Other Relevant Issues for Travel to Peru

The following may be issues relevant to travel to Peru:

  • adequate medical care is available in Lima and Arequipa but not to the standard of industrialized countries, facilities outside these areas are substandard
  • there may be consular warnings against travel to the country
  • check latest advice for updates
 

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