We have not had any known cases of Yellow fever or Malaria, and many travelers to Peru’s Loreto region, where East West Lodge is located, do not get any special vaccinations or medications before coming.
That being said, the World Health Organization recommends (but it is not a requirement) Yellow fever vaccine for all travellers aged nine months or over going to most regions of Peru, including Loreto.
Also, Malaria risk exists throughout the year in rural areas at altitudes below 2,000 m in Peru, which includes the Loreto region. 99% of P. falciparum Malaria cases in Peru are reported from Loreto, which contains 19 of the highest-risk districts in the country. For Malaria prevention, the World Health Organization’s recommended prevention in risk areas is: Mosquito bite prevention in combination with certain drugs for malaria prevention and treatment, namely, atovaquone–proguanil or doxycycline or mefloquine chemoprophylaxis. If you choose to take one of these medications, select based on side-effects and contraindications and also based on your doctor’s recommendation.
According to the official U.S. government travel health recommendations provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), all travellers to Peru are advised to make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and the yearly flu shot.
In addition, the CDC recommends for most traveller to Peru to get both the Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines. You can get hepatitis A or typhoid through contaminated food or water in Peru. CDC recommends the typhoid vaccine for most travellers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or are an adventurous eater.
The CDC also has guidelines for travellers to Peru regarding Hepatitis B, Malaria, Rabies and Yellow Fever. We recommend you consult with your doctor on what vaccines, medications or other precautions you might consider before coming to Peru.