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Vaccinations for travelling to Guatemala

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Vaccinations for travelling to Guatemala

Is it necessary to get any vaccinations before travelling to Guatemala? Last time I went I got the Hep A/B jabs and Yellow fever, but want to know if it's really necessary for a 3 week holiday.

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1. Re: Vaccinations for travelling to Guatemala

Best to check with a travel clinic. The CDC website has lots of information as well.

Common reccomendations for Guatemala are Hepatitis A and Typhoid, as well as your routine vaccinations in your home country (tetanus, MMR, etc.) Your previous Hepatitis shot should probably be okay, especially if under 10 years. You can get a blood test to see. Yellow Fever isn't needed. Typhoid can be in injection or a series of 4 pills. Some of the low lying areas have Malaria but if you are only going to be in a malaria area for a short time a lot of travelllers choose just to cover up and use insect reppellant instead of taking Malaria medication..

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2. Re: Vaccinations for travelling to Guatemala

It's not a good idea to get medical advice on a forum from random strangers who know nothing about you. If you can't see your own physician or travel clinic, then check with either the US CDC website or the UK NHS one; both have extensive information for particular countries.

That said, travellers from Europe or North America to Guatemala are usually advised to first be certain that their routine immunizations (e.g., tetanus) are up to date. Hep A and B provide at least 20 years of protection if properly administered (full course of two doses) and need not be boosted. Oral typhoid immunization is often advised (good for about 5 years). There is no risk of yellow fever in Guatemala. If one will be in the lowland areas where malaria is endemic, prophylaxis should be considered (usually with chloroquine).

It's a good idea to take measures to avoid mosquito bites anyway, because of the risk of dengue virus infection. One should also use common sense regarding food and water consumption and hand washing. The biggest risk of serious harm to travellers in Central America is injuries from motor vehicle accidents and other misadventures.

Edited: 19 June 2013, 12:28
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3. Re: Vaccinations for travelling to Guatemala

Thanks very much for the sound advice.

Henry

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4. Re: Vaccinations for travelling to Guatemala

…cdc.gov/travel/…guatemala

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