Travel Vaccinations for Guatemala
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Guatemala.
|MMR||Yes||Person-to-Person||MMR, Course of Two||£60|
|DTaP||Yes||Person-to-Person||Revaxis, Single Dose||£35|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhim Vi, Single Dose||£50|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Epaxyl, Single Dose||£50|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||EnergixB, Course of Three||£40|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabipur, Course of Three||£60|
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
Risk of Malaria in Guatemala
Malaria is a viral illness spread by Mosquitoes that bite from dusk to dawn throughout the tropical world. It causes high fever and severe joint and muscle pains. In serious cases, malaria can be fatal.
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellant such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Further Travel Health Advice for Travel to Guatemala
Guatemala’s Mayan heritage still lives on, in Nebaj, hidden in the folds of the Cuchumatanes mountains, where the scenery is unforgettably beautiful. In contrast is the lovely modern city of Antigua, nestled between three volcanoes, with parks, fountains, open markets, and sprays of colourful bougainvillea gracing ancient Mayan ruins. And no spot in surprising Guatemala rivals the drama of Lago de Atitlán, the volcano-ringed lake in Guatemala’s highlands. Your first stop on your way to Guatemala should be a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, four to eight weeks before departure, to ensure that you will be completely safe and up-to-date with the Vaccinations you need for Guatemala.
Heat and Humidity
The climate varies, but overall, Guatemala is tropical, and in coastal regions, both Pacific and Caribbean, expect hot and humid conditions. Use sun block and apply it liberally. Remember that the sun can burn you even when it doesn’t feel that hot. Make a habit of carrying bottled water with you wherever you go.
Don’t risk getting sick during your visit to Guatemala. Drink mineral water, or bottled water which is sold everywhere. Avoid ice cubes unless you know they are made with purified water.
Food and Drink
Guatemalan food can be a voyage of discovery all on its own. Many dishes are influenced by Guatemala’s Mayan and Spanish heritage, and by Mexico, her northern neighbour, while some popular lnternational foods such as Chinese have found their way onto the menu. Favourites like tamales and enchiladas as well as chiles rellenos, stuffed chile peppers, are all delicious reminders of the Mexican influence here, but for a true taste of Guatemalan cuisine, try chicken pepia, with spicy pumpkin and sesame sauce, or a traditional Mayan turkey soup called kak’ik, with coriander and chile peppers. The fresh lemonade with soda is a must, and if you enjoy a cold beer, why not sample the national beer, Gallo? Remember to avoid eating from open buffets. Uncooked vegetables, salads and fruits that you cannot peel should not be eaten.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
If you need health care in Guatemala, it is always best to use a private clinic. In Guatemala city the standard of care is good, but risky and sparse as you travel further from the capital, so it’s always best to check with your hotel first. Arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with comprehensive travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities.
There can be some dangerous areas in remote regions, and you should exercise caution by travelling in groups of six or more. Petty theft is common in just about any tourist area, but more so in the capital. Be cautious, and leave your valuables at home before your trip. Keep your cash and travellers’ cheques secure, and don’t bring more money than you need on tour. Lock ATM doors after entering. Don’t wear flashy jewellery, or carry anything with you on tour that you don’t want to risk, such as your passport.