Vaccinations needed to protect yourself from Belize illnesses

You can protect yourself from Belize illnesses by getting yourself the needed vaccinations before you travel to Belize and taking necessary steps for prevention.

Belize illnesses consist of arthropod borne diseases like malaria, chagas, dengue fever and leishmaniasis. Malaria is a serious and fatal disease caused by a parasite. Symptoms include fever, shaking, headache, body ache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, jaundice, kidney failure, seizures, coma and death. Chagas is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, enlarged liver and spleen. Dengue is transmitted by mosquitoes and its symptoms include high fever, severe headaches, joint pain, shock and others. Leishmaniasis is caused by rodents and its symptoms include fever, weight loss, swollen glands and diarrhea. 
 
You can protect yourself from these Belize illnesses by taking the following steps. Firstly, wear long sleeved clothes to prevent Belize illnesses caused by insects. This is mostly import in the jungle. Secondly, try using insect repellents having DEET in it. If you are living in a well screened or air conditioned house then you don’t need an insect repellent. Thirdly, always use bed nets with permethrin in it. Lastly, try sleeping and staying in air conditioned rooms and houses.


Belize illnesses also consist of water and food borne diseases like hepatitis A and B, amoebiasis, brucellosis, cholera, typhoid fever and rabies. To protect yourself from these Belize illnesses you need to get yourself vaccinated. Vaccination is very much needed for Hepatitis A and B. In case of rabies, vaccination is essential if you have domestic animals in your house or around you all the time. Similar is the case with diphtheria. For typhoid, vaccination is mandatory because of the existence of S. typhi strains. Lastly, if you are entering from a region where yellow fever is prevalent, then vaccination once again becomes essential. So by getting yourself vaccinated you can hope to remain safe from Belize illnesses. 
 
If you want to protect yourself from Belize illnesses try staying healthy. Wash your hands as often as possible. Drink boiled water and do not drink tap water, ice cubes and fountain drinks. Eat fruits and vegetables after boiling and peeling it. Use insect repellents and keep yourself clean and dry. Don’t travel at night and be careful of accidents. Use latex condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Avoid eating roadside food and use chloroquine for protection against malaria.