Peru

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Recommended vaccinations

Routine vaccination:

Vaccinations included in the vaccination schedule to be updated

Hepatitis A

1 injection two weeks before departure, booster 1 to 3 (5) years later.

Children: aged ≥1 year.

Yellow fever

Vaccine only available at international vaccination centers

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers older than 9 months.

Vaccination schedule: 1 injection at least 10 days before departure

Children: from 9 months (between 6 and 9 months only in special circumstances)

Protection: lifelong

Following a decision by WHO, the 10-year booster dose is no longer required.

However, according to the Opinion of the French High Council for Public Health (HCSP), yellow fever booster vaccinations are still recommended for:

  • children who were vaccinated under the age of 2: a second dose from the age of 6 in the event of further travel to a yellow fever endemic region;
  • women whose primary vaccination was during pregnancy, people with HIV and immunodeficient patients vaccinated in the conditions outlined in the report by the French High Council for Public Health (HCSP): a second dose 10 years later;
  • people who were vaccinated against yellow fever more than 10 years ago: a second dose if an outbreak has been reported in the country visited.

Hepatitis B

For long or frequent trips
Two injections one month apart
Booster 6 months later

When protection is needed as early as possible (with almost imminent departure), an accelerated schedule of three injections within a short interval and a fourth dose 1 year later is feasible, in adults only.

Rabies

For long trips to isolated areas
Children: as soon as they can walk

Typhoid

For long trips or in conditions of poor hygiene
Children: aged ≥2 years.

Malaria prevention

Low risk of transmission all year round in rural areas below 2,000m. The 23 highest-risk districts are concentrated in the regions of Ayacucho, Junín, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Piura, San Martín and Tumbes. Ninety-nine percent of P. falciparum cases are reported from Loreto (region situated in the Amazon).

There is no risk of malaria in regions above 2,000m (including Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the cities of Arequipa, Cuzco and Puno) or in the cities of Lima and south of Lima (Moquegua, Ica, Nazca and Tacna).

Prevention:

  • Chemoprophylaxis with chloroquine for rural areas in the regions mentioned, except for Loreto
  • Chemoprophylaxis with atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline or mefloquine for Loreto
  • Protection against mosquito bites

Travelers should immediately seek medical attention if fever occurs when traveling or in the months after their return.

Preventive treatments

Go to the Institut Pasteur Medical Center General Recommendations page.

(Source: Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin [BEH] – Health Recommendations for Travelers).

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