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#267641 02/13/08 12:42 AM
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Hi everyone,

We're first time visitors to Belize, and will be arriving end of March, and staying for two weeks. We'll be in San Ignacio for the first week (which will include a one day trip to Tikal) and in San Pedro for the second week.
Reading the CDC website, I see that they suggest Hepatitis A and Typhoid shots, anti-malarials and antibiotics (for "just in case").
What I'd like to hear from other travelers/locals, is what I really need to worry about. I hate the idea of the anti-malarials and hope that it's not an issue as long as we have DEET (although I hate the idea of malaria even more so I'll be taking them if necessary). That's my main concern. However, after trying to find Typhoid shots in my area, that might be a problem too.
So... do we need the anti-malarials? Are they worth the side effects? I'd love to hear from people who've traveled both with and without them.
Thanks so much for any advice/experiences. Much appreciated!!!! smile

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i know nothing about the day in Guatemala, but in san ignacio area there are VERY few mosquitoes. don't think i got bit even once. skeeters in SP sometimes, depends on the weather and breeze. i personally dont feel malaria is a prob there, others' opinions differ. bug spray is usually enuf.

some people get shots, i never have. there is a thread on bug repellents on the 'about ac' board, search it for suggestions, there were some good ones.

travel meds: advil, benedryl cream. imodium (just in case).

you will love the cayo area, it's great.

sweetjane #267647 02/13/08 07:33 AM
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End of March is into the dry season, mozzies are not a big problem then. If I were spending most of the trip in the jungle I would do them, but from your schedule I would not.

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If you do decide on anti-malarial drugs, I think you'll find there are some which don't have any side effects. That certainly always used to be the case. I took anti-malarials for 2 1/2 years when I was in Africa and never suffered any side-effects. Still contracted malaria mind, at the very end of my stay, because I spent my last couple of weeks in a different area that had bugs my pills weren't designed to counter. Malaria meds are VERY specific to different strains of parasites carried by different mosquitos.

But I doubt whether you'll find any need for anti-malarials here, or anywhere in Belize. Do do your best not to get bitten though (DEET and the like).

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Typhoid vaccine also comes in tablet form. I think it's four pills over several days. Good thing about the pills is the protection lasts five years, as opposed to two for the injection.

I truly think everyone traveling to Central/South America should be vaccinated against Hepatitis A, and probably Hep B as well. For that matter, where I live, they're starting to vaccinate everyone, Hep B starting at birth, and Hep starting at twelve months.

JeanH #267706 02/13/08 11:38 AM
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Wish I'd known about the Typhoid vacination, that one really sucks. Having said that I don't personally know of anyone else who has contracted it and I'd been living in Indian Church for 2 years before I picked it up.

SimonB #267791 02/13/08 07:13 PM
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A correction to my earlier post. A regular contributor to this board has PM'd me to say that 8 years ago his wife caught malaria on the island. My statement that it's not a problem is based on my never having heard of anyone catching it, but it seems that may be another consequence of the "hush up bad news" mentality rather than necessarily true.

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On Caye Caulker we havnt had any mosquito's for months...people are starting to talk, Guess we finally got rid of them all!!!!!!


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Cooper #267800 02/13/08 08:44 PM
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Thanks everyone! Sounds like I'll try the typhoid pills, instead of the shot. Great excuse for one less shot, if you ask me.

I do have one more concern that I just came up with...Jane mentioned needing Immodium. That's something I hadn't even thought of - should I be concerned about Montezuma's revenge????? If so, is there anything we can do besides Immodium???

Thanks!

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Immodium works fine and is readily available here. Problems are often not with the water but the change in diet. Some do not adjust well to the higher carb diet prevalent here, rice, rice n beans, beans and rice, tortilas, etc. Stick with bottled water which is avaialable everywhere if your system does not easily adjust.

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