Adoption Travel Health Precautions
Traveling to meet your child? Don't get sick!
Recommended Vaccines: Routine vaccines, especially DPT and MMR, should be up to date (there is little risk of polio if you completed a childhood course of immunization), plus immune globulin (IG) for hepatitis A and typhoid vaccine, especially if you will travel to smaller cities or rural areas. Hep A is best given four weeks before departure. As with China, yellow fever is not a disease risk, but the Guatemalan government requires travelers coming from yellow-fever affected areas to show proof of vaccination.
Malaria: Risk in Guatemala is in rural areas only at altitudes below 4,921 feet (1,500 m). No risk in Guatemala City, Antigua, or Lake Atitlán. Chloroquine is the recommended antimalarial drug.
Other Issues: Dengue fever is sometimes found in Guatemala, as are tick-borne illnesses. Keep your skin covered when possible, and use chemical repellents containing 25 percent to 50 percent DEET or 20 percent picaridin. Avoid swimming in unchlorinated fresh water to avoid water-borne parasites.
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