How important are all these vaccines for Peruvian travel?
April 18, 2014 4:10 PM Subscribe
I will be spending a month this summer in the high jungle plateau of Tarapoto, Peru. I am trying to get my preventative care in order, and will be getting Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines, as well as taking anti-malarial medication. I don't think I will be getting the yellow fever vaccine, the Hepatitis B vaccine, or the rabies vaccine; the first due to lack of access and the latter two due to risk factors and cost, respectively. Would you try harder to find access to the yellow fever vaccine or rethink the other two, or am I good with the three I'm doing?
posted by vegartanipla to Health & Fitness (17 answers total)
I have been advised that I should try to get the yellow fever vaccine by my local health department, but neither my doctor, the health department, nor any of the regional pharmacies (Walgreens, etc.) can get it to me due either to not having it (health department) or not being authorized to dispense it (doctor, Walgreens, etc.). How worried should I be about not getting this vaccine?
Also, I will be taking several excursions into the jungle and will be deliberately seeking out wildlife to observe/photograph/draw. The CDC somewhat iffily recommends getting the rabies vaccine. I can probably get it, but it costs about $300 and I've hard it's also painful/laborious. I'm leaning towards not getting it.
Finally, the health department thinks I should get the Hepatitis B vaccine, but I'm not planning on any risky behavior (unprotected sex/needles/tattoos) so I'm also leaning against it due to cost and risk.
Thoughts on all the above?