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#34752 02/14/01 08:38 AM
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I'm honeymooning on ambergris caye for a week in August.
Do I need to take any preventative medication or get any immunizations?
From past experience, do you suggest it?
I'm reading and hearing very contradcitary reports?

#34753 02/14/01 09:16 AM
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As a practical matter, I'd say that the vast majority -- probably 95% or more -- of those going just to Ambergris Caye or to other cayes don't get any shots or take any other medical precautions. Inland, except around Belize City, the CDC does recommend malaria prophylaxsis (chloroquine) though again many visitors don't take anything.

U.S. and other expats living in Belize rarely take any malaria prophylaxsis.

Personally, I think it's always a good idea to have your basic sticks (tetanus, DPT, Hep A and perhaps B) up to date, whether you're traveling to Borneo or Boston or Belize. If traveling in more remote areas of Belize, especially in the far south or near the Guatemala border, chloroquine is a safe, cheap insurance against an unlikely chance of malaria. It's also a good idea to protect yourself against denque and other mosquito borne diseases by using DEET (malaria and dengue, however, are carried by two different kinds of mosquitos and they are active at different times of the day.)

You can check with your doc, tropical medicine specialist or the CDC for advice, which naturally tends to be on conservative side.

--Lan Sluder
Belize First Magazine

Lan Sluder/Belize First
#34754 02/14/01 11:55 AM
Joined: May 2000
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Ditto what Lan said. We DID go into the jungle and to Guatamala and did take the malaria preventative. Better safe than sorry. As far as anything else, we were traveling with kids and didn't want to take any chances. Their tetnus was up to date but I insisted that they get hepatitis A and B before we left. They needed it for school anyway.....but I was much more relaxed having it done for them. Hubby and I just had the hep. A. I just felt better. Didn't know what to expect in Guatamala. Ambergris is clean and very safe.

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