Travel vaccinations aren't any fun – nobody likes getting shots, after all – but getting sick during or after your vacation is much worse than a couple pinpricks. While your chances of contracting an illness during your Guatemala travels is rare, it's best to be prepared.
Sometimes your physician can provide you with the recommended immunizations for Guatemala travel. In some cases, you'll have to visit a travel clinic for the more obscure inoculations.
You can search for a travel clinic through the CDC's Traveler Health web page. Ideally, you should visit your doctor or travel clinic 4-6 weeks before departure to allow time for the vaccinations to take effect.
The CDC Recommends These Guatemala Immunizations
Typhoid: Recommended for all Central America travelers.
Hepatitis A: "Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection (see map) where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with "standard" tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors." Via the CDC's site.
Hepatitis B: "Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission, especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident)." Via the CDC's site.
Routine Vaccines: Make sure your routine vaccinations, such as tetanus, MMR, polio, and others are all up to date.
Rabies: Recommended for Guatemala travelers who will be spending a great deal of time outdoors (especially in rural areas), or who will be in direct contact with animals.
The CDC also recommends Guatemala travelers take precautions against malaria, such as antimalarial drugs, when traveling in rural areas of the country with altitudes lower than 1,500 meters (4,921 feet).
There is no malaria in Guatemala City, Antigua or Lake Atitlan.
Always check the CDC's Guatemala Travel page to for up-to-date Guatemala vaccination information and other travel health tips.