cuzin GJ wrote:
May 2019 we take the Peru and Galapagos trip. some confusion as to whether yellow fever vaccination required. would appreciate feedback from recent travelers on this great adventure. thx
My husband and I are going on this tour in late April/May. We just visited our travel clinic and were advised on our needed immunizations. The areas to which we will be traveling in Peru and Galápagos have no incidence of YF (not true if going into the Amazon). Although YF may be recommended by the CDC, if you are over 63, an official waiver can be granted. We did receive vaccinations for typhoid, hep A, and are up to date on our routine immunizations. We will be going to Africa in 2020, and will definitely receive YF for that trip. We were informed that there should be more YF vaccine available by summer. Also, there is no incidence of malaria in the areas we will be visiting in P/G, so malaria meds are not necessary. We learned a great deal more from the nurse at the travel clinic than we would have from our regular docs, including info on protection from insects, type of insect repellents, altitude sickness meds, use of sunscreen, etc. I hope this helps.
Regardless of what the CDC or US State Department and previous travelers say, health conditions and the policy of each country can change with little or no advanced notice or not be uniformly enforced at the border. You likely won't be successful convincing the immigration officer to let you in if you tell him the US CDC or State Department said you didn't need the shot- he'll likely respond, "But you are in my country now!" I believe there are actually specific examples of this happening in other countries in a few posts in the forum archives. You can sometimes get shots upon arrival but would you want to do that? And you certainly don't want Yellow Fever, nor do you want to be denied entry into one country and ruin your trip. Typically, you are denied entry if you haven't had the vaccine and you arrive from a country with a Yellow Fever outbreak.
There is a distinction between required and recommended but if you can find the vaccine get it and be done with it. You may need it for another Tauck trip someday. Unless you have specific health issues that prevent you from getting it, there is no other reason not to, so it is important to see a travel doctor, regardless of your decision.
Passport Health says, The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Ecuador: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. High risk country.
Alan is correct, there have been mentions on the forum over the years of people who have had problems at borders when they have not been able to produce records of Yellow fever vaccination.
Some of the hotels offer (for a fee) additional oxygen piped into your room. The most important thing is staying hydrated, i.e., drink a lot of water and avoid alcohol. The locals also say coca tea is helpful (does not have any hallucinogenic effects).
The waiver you mention may not be accepted. But glad to hear you intend to get the YF vaccine. You only need it once in your life now. So my suggestion would be to get it as soon as supplies are back to normal.