When we were planning our trip one of the first things I looked into was what health concerns we should have when going to Belize. I used a government website to make sure that the information was up to date and accurate. Based on the what I read we decided to get a Hepatitis vaccine. We were previously vaccinated for Hep B, but not A, and that was more than 10 years ago, so we got the Twinrex shot. It hurt like the dickens, but I feel much safer now. And at least all of our other vaccines are up to date.
There are other precautions we will be taking while travelling, such as wearing insect repellent and sunscreen (and reapplying regularly), as well as trying to remember to stay hydrated. I will also be taking probiotics during the trip since my stomach is often an issue.
There is nothing worse than getting sick for getting in the way of enjoying a vacation so it’s important to be prepared, especially if you are a newbie to travelling away from your own continent (intercontinental?) like us.