general travel info

To sign up for one of our mission trips, first send the SOS Pre-Application Form Our primary focus is in developing a long term relationship of mutual trust and respect with the indigenous Maya.

9. health information...updated 08/21/11

Missioners traveling to Santa Cruz del Quiché, Guatemala, and visiting rural areas, will be at an elevation of approximately 6500 ft. with limited access to immediate emergency medical attention.
Although —regarding immunizations— nothing is required by Guatemalan or U.S. governments, SOS recommends that missioners take the necessary precautions to prevent contracting viral, bacterial or parasitic transmitted diseases which commonly occur in areas of poor hygiene via contaminated food and water.

SOS makes the following preventative recommendations...
• If you are currently under a doctor's care or if you suspect that the trip might impact your health negatively in any way, consult your personal physician to determine what he/she recommends for your personal health needs.

• Inform your physician that you will be at an elevation of 6500 ft, walking on inclines sometimes, and not near to immediate emergency treatment.

• Be sure you have received a Tetanus and Diphtheria booster (TD) within the past ten years.
If not, you will need a booster.

• Hepatitis A Vaccine - Hepatitis A virus in transmitted via a fecal-oral route which missioners
could be exposed to via contaminated food and water or close contact with infected individuals.
The incubation period is one month. The hepatitis A vaccine requires 1 injection at least 1 month prior to travel to ensure protection and a booster 1 year later. This vaccine is permanent.

• Traveler's Diarrhea is a common illness caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses and parasites. It is usually a self-limited illness lasting several days.

Preventative measures...
Food & Liquids: AVOID foods that have not been cooked, fruit you have not peeled yourselves,
liquid that has not been boiled or prepared with purified water (including ice), undercooked meat and seafood, salads or raw vegetables and dairy products.

Medicine: Do not take antibiotics to prevent traveler's diarrhea. Pepto Bismol can be taken
prophylactically (2 tablets four times a day)

Treatment: Imodium (antidiarrheal): 2 mg.: 4 mg. initially, then 2 mg. orally after each loose stool, to a maximum of 16 mg. per day. Do not use if having fever or bloody stools. Limit your diet to clear liquids, soups, and toast. Ciprofloxacin (Cipro): 500 mg. twice daily for 3 days


Team Leaders will have first-aid supplies available in case of minor cuts, abrasions etc. Although a government hospital is located near the place of lodging (usually not near the mission sites) in case of emergencies one cannot depend upon specific medications or treatment to be readily available. So be sure to bring any prescribed medications you must take regularly or that your prefer and pack it in you carry-on luggage.

General Comments
Individuals with certain health conditions may be at greater risk when exposed to high elevations, dusty and musty environments and areas where there could be contaminated food and water. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you discuss all the above possibilities with you health care physician before committing to a mission trip.


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