Posted 23 June 2013 - 03:56 PM
Amazing, I knew you would have some idiotic remark like this, so I literally deleted the message like 4 minutes after I sent it, yet I guess your trip is so much fun and interesting, you're just sitting on the huddle all night. As for your story you contacted your pediatrician and they laughed, that's interesting you were able to consult so fast between 9pm Saturday and 9am Sunday, but I guess your pediatrician must have some great hours.
Also, if you only brought this up to pediatrician only after my message, that's even more telling! You're going to take an infant to a trip and expose her to all sorts of new bacteria, viruses and diseases, etc, yet you never even consulted her pediatrician till the middle of a Saturday night after someone on a message board suggested it!? REALLY!?
Different than you, I've been traveling my whole life and dealt with this issue many times including with my niece and nephew repeatedly where they stayed behind on many trips as infants and toddlers as opposed to pumping them up with all sorts of extra medicines, vaccines, antibiotics, etc, just to go on a trip.
Most people would rather not subject their infants to all sorts of extra danger just to take them along on a trip that they are too young to even remember and to a region where they are 20 years behind in medical technology outside major cities, but hey, you're the parent and that apple will definitely not fall too far from that tree, So good luck to y'all!
Here's what the CDC says on Peru and your pediatrician think is so incredibly ridiculous they answered with resounding laughter:
HideVaccines and Medicines
Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.
Find Out Why Protect Yourself
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.
CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Peru, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Peru. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.
You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
When traveling in Peru, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, depending on your travel plans, such as where you are going, when you are traveling, and if you are spending a lot of time outdoors or sleeping outside. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling. For more information on malaria in Peru, see malaria in Peru.
Although rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Peru, it is not a major risk to most travelers. CDC recommends this vaccine only for these groups:
Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for animal bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
People who are taking long trips or moving to remote areas in Peru
Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.
Yellow fever is a risk in certain parts of Peru, so CDC recommends the yellow fever vaccine for travelers 9 months of age or older to these areas. For more information on this recommendation, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Peru.Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.