We're stopping at Belize & Guatemala next month w/ our kids & will be going on long excursions which include meals. The CDC recommends the vaccine to central American travellers; other web sites recommend it only if you're there for extended periods. One nurse I spoke to recommended typhoid vacc; another was somewhat surprised when I brought it up. So now I'M confused.
DH feels like the tour ops take measures to ensure the food is safe. I say "who knows".
I am having a hard time figuring out just how prevalent typhoid is in these countries. Is it a minimal risk or great? My 16 yr old suggested we just not eat on the excursions. Would we be pretty safe if we only ate cooked food (no raw fruits/veggies)?
So what have the rest of you done, especially those who ate in these countries? What are you hearing from your doctors & nurses? I do know that the vaccine doesn't guarantee protection, either - it only has something like a 65-75% protection rate.
I realize you are not medical professionals ... just looking to hear your thoughts & decisions YOU made (& why).
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