a VirtualTourist member from Wellington
hay do i need to take malaria pills and such before i go??
if so how do i get them ?
Asking on internet forums is not the way to get advice about travel health.
You should visit a medical professional who knows about both a) your own personal state of health and b) what may be required for your particular travel plans. You will be able to get an inoculations or prophylaxis you require through that medical professional, whether it be your own doctor, a travel health specialist or a travel clinic.
Advice from other travellers may not be relevant or appropriate for you and your plans, and locals often have different immune status to visitors.
The UK travel health advice website for Peru is here:
I am sure NZ has something similar.
You will also, of course, need proper travel health insurance cover.
Check with a travel medicine clinic, and while you are at it, also check on other tropical illnesses like yellow fever. We were on both anti-malarial prophylaxisis and had yellow fever shots before our visit to the Amazon in Peru.
Andy we have one of the best guys in this field, in NZ and he operates a website that will give you great information as well as having a dedicated clinic in Wellington.
Be sure to do this, don't mess with malaria. Have a great trip :-)
Good advice above.
To cover some related points, just bear in mind that malaria isn't the only risk associated with mosquitoes in this part of the world. Dengue fever is becoming more prevalent and - unlike malaria - there is currently no prophylaxis available.
Thus, it's not only critical to take your malaria prophylaxis (as prescribed by a competent travel medicine specialist) but equally important to take precautions that stop you getting bitten in the first place - which will also further reduce the risk of malaria, as however diligent you are, no form of malaria prophylaxis is 100% effective.
These measures include covering up exposed flesh between late afternoon and early morning when mosquitoes are most active, liberally applying (and reapplying) insect repellent, sleeping under a mosquito net and using mosquito coils (particularly in your bedroom).
Also bear in mind that most malarial prophylaxis has to be started before you arrive in the malarial zone, so make sure you see the travel medicine specialist a week or two before you intend leaving.
Enjoy your trip!