I have now been traveling
in and out of Belize for well over twelve years. Until researching
material for this article as far as health risks I really have
never considered Belize to be a dangerous place to travels health.
Of course we all are aware that if you take the wrong turn in
sections of Belize city after midnight it might just run head
on into trouble. So of course I was quite surprised to find
that the Chloroquine prophylactic for Malaria prevention is
recommended drug travel to Belize.
According to the Center Fro Disease Control (CDC) all travellers
to Belize and or Central America should be vaccinated for Typhoid,
Hepatitis A. For travelers who may have intimate contact with
local residents, especially if visiting for more than 6 months,
Hepatitis B is recommended. For travellers who may have direct
contact with animals and may not have access to medical care,
Rabies prevention is recommended. As for Measles, Mumps and
Rubella, if not previously given, two doses are recommended
for all travellers born after 1956. Revaccination recommended
every 10 years, Tetanus/diphtheria. And although Yellow Fever
is currently only found in the Central American country of Panama,
all of Central America is suggested by the CDC website as vulnerable.
of Disease Control and Prevention