So if you are like me, your travel plans unfold as they come along. However, there are certain things that really should be taken care of in advance. I recently arrived to Lima and know that my travels will be taking me to Puerto Maldonado, through Bolivia, and then for an extended stay in Iguazú, Argentina. This means potential exposure to Yellow Fever, a vaccine I did not receive in advance. Peru doesn’t require the Yellow Fever vaccine, but not having it puts you at risk. Currently the World Health Organization estimates that 20,000 people die from Yellow Fever each year.
Fortunately, receiving the vaccine in Peru is incredibly easy. If your travel destination is Peru, keep in mind that you should receive the vaccination at least 10 days before traveling in Yellow Fever territory. I received the vaccination at the airport, and it was actually so easy that I would recommend that you do the same. The following are the necessary steps for receiving the vaccination:
1. The airport is a long strip and you can see as indicated below that the medical clinic is near the domestic flight section.
2. You will need your passport and s/. 85 soles (equal to $31.50 USD as of January 2012). The receptionist will ask for your passport and will have you complete a form that includes your name, birthday, and passport number.
3. Receive your vaccine.
4. Wait to retrieve your passport and the the proof of Yellow Fever vaccination card. You will need this card to enter certain countries, such as Bolivia!
My experience was exceptionally painless and easy. There was no wait in the airport clinic and the staff was friendly to answer me my other questions. The clinic does not have other vaccinations or malaria pills. A general hospital can provide you pills, which I plan to receive during my time in Lima.
Daniel is a volunteer and researcher for the Karikuy Volunteer Program in Lima, Peru.