Belize Medical Information:
Belize has a population of a little over 320,000, many of whom live in poverty. There just isn’t enough funding to support a level one trauma center in the country. Regardless of what is posted all over the Internet, if you have a dire medical emergency, be aware that medical care in Belize does not meet the same standards as medical care in North America or the European Union. There are however, many excellent hospitals and clinics throughout the country to meet and deal with minor injures and illnesses. You can find information for regional medical services in the Northern, Central, Western, and Southern areas.
Voyagers from all across the globe should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination, including Belize.
Routine vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and a yearly flu shot.
Visitors should be aware that there is a minor risk of Hepatitis A, and vaccinations for this are recommended. It can be contracted through contaminated food or water in Belize, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
You should also be aware that there is a small risk of Typhoid. You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Belize. The CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are an adventurous eater, you are staying with friends or relatives, or if visiting smaller cities or rural areas.
The U.S. embassy and other foreign emissaries recommend that foreign nationals verify their medical coverage, especially catastrophic medical coverage including the cost of medical evacuation, and insurance coverage before before visiting or taking up residence in Belize. You may also be interested in purchasing Travel Insurance.