I leave to attend my niece’s wedding in Antigua, Guatemala in one week. Squeal!!! But wait a minute. According to the Centers for Disease Control, travelers to Guatemala should have the following inoculations:
“Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.”
I’m okay on those above, but just this week I thought to check on other suggested immunizations:
“CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Guatemala, regardless of where you are eating or staying.”
“You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Guatemala. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.”
Now, I’ve been running around shopping almost non-stop for my trip, but did I think about needing inoculations? Nope.
On Monday I told my doctor, whose name I am unable to pronounce, so I’ve dubbed him Doctor When, that I was leaving for Guatemala on April 8th, and needed to be inoculated against Typhoid and Hepatitis A. In response, Dr. When laughed.
“Your inoculations would be of no use taken this close to your trip,” Dr. When said.
“You’re probably going to die,” he added before climbing into his Tardis and departing for another point in time.
Ok, I made that last part up, but that was what I took away from the exchange.
He did prescribe an antibiotic just in case I ran into anything nasty, but I believe I’ll do as my brother instructed and self-inoculate with plenty of cerveza and vino. No waiting period necessary.
No street food for me. 😢
But fresh produce should be ok! 😃
And maybe I’ll skip eating and just shop!