Operation Wallacea are not able to give official advice on inoculations. Some people are not able to have certain jabs, so blanket generalisations cannot be made. You must consult your GP, travel clinic or doctor for personal advice.
It is also worth checking the NaTHNaC web site for up to date advice. The NaTHNaC page for Peru can be found here. The NHS also offers advice on their fit for travel website (found here for Peru) although this maintains the assumption that you are up to date with inoculations as recommended for life in Britain (link).
To allow sufficient time for all the necessary immunisations it is recommended that you consult your Doctor or travel clinic three months prior to departure.
We suggest that you are up-to-date with the following inoculations though:
Yellow Fever – There is yellow fever present in the area we work in Peru so your medical professional should recommend this vaccination. While there are varying guidelines on the need for a yellow fever vaccination certificate for travel to and from the country, experience has shown that airport officials can request to see your vaccination certificate so ensure when getting vaccinated you obtain one from your health professional, and carry it during travel.
Malaria is present in Peru, and the area that we operate in (the amazon basin) is a high risk area so it is recommended you take prophylactics. Current NHS and NaTHNaC guidelines state that as Chloroquine resistance is widespread, they recommend chemoprophylaxis in mefloquine, doxycycline or atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone). However, advice changes from time to time so again, always check with your doctor for current advice. Most malarial prophylactics require you start taking them before travel. No drug offers complete protection from contracting malaria. The only sure way of preventing diseases transmitted through insect bites (particularly mosquitoes and ticks) is to prevent being bitten. Use precautions including insect repellent; cover exposed skin, use of mosquito nets etc.
Rabies – You will not be handling any small mammals or bats and as a result will not be particularly exposed to rabies, although the general advice for Peru and most countries in South America is to have the rabies course of injections as a precaution. We do not require you to have the rabies vaccinations, though you should discuss all vaccinations with your doctor or travel nurse, and take into consideration any other travel plans in the near future.
HIV/Aids and Hepatitis B are present in some form in each country that Operation Wallacea operates in, but there is absolutely no reason why this should present a problem for anybody on an Opwall expedition providing you always act responsibly and practice safe sex.
There is a Hepatitis B vaccine available, as with all other vaccines follow the advice given by your medical professional regarding receiving it.
The effectiveness of the contraceptive pill is compromised in the instance of sickness, diarrhea and whilst taking antibiotics so please bring alternative methods of contraception, even if you are travelling with your partner.