We're planning a 10-day trip to Antigua, and we have two kids, ages 2 and 5. The cdc recommends that all children traveling to Guatemala get fully vaccinated for rabies. I ordinarily follow cdc recommendations to the letter, but then I found out that it will cost us $930 per kid to get the rabies vaccine. What the WHAT?!? So we are either going to cancel our trip or go without vaccinating the kids for rabies. Here are my questions...
1. If you have traveled to Guatemala with kids and made this decision, can you tell me whether or not you vaccinated and why? I've been researching and even called the cdc for extra info, but I'm not finding much. And the folks at the cdc just kept saying, "it's a precaution we recommend, but you can decide whether or not you want to take that precaution."
2. Can you describe the dog population in Antigua? I have traveled to many Latin American cities that have packs of roving stray dogs. Is Antigua like that? I'm trying to get a sense of what the actual risk of a close encounter with a dog or bat would be in Antigua itself (as opposed to the whole country).
3. Can you recommend a hospital or clinic where we should seek medical treatment if we do end up going and someone gets bitten? We'd like to be prepared.
Thanks, all. Really appreciate the help provided in this forum.