Vaccinations For Mexico - Which Vaccines Do I Need?
Malaria in Mexico
Mexico is a risk area for malaria. The risk is classed as low but it is important that you protect yourself by taking malaria tablets if you are travelling to Chihuahua, Chiapas, Durango, Nayarit, Oaxaca or Sinaloa. Lariam, Malarone and Doxycycline are all effective in preventing malaria in these regions.
The malaria risk in the states of Jalisco, Quintana Roo, Sonora, and Tabasco is classed as very low. This means, that you should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites but you don’t need to take malaria tablets. There is no risk of malaria along the US - Mexico border.
Hepatitis AMany people in Mexico are immune to hepatitis A. This is because the illness is so common in Mexico that 90% of all 11-15 year old have had it in the past (according to data from 2000). Travellers from countries such as the UK, where the hepatitis A risk is very low, can get very ill when exposed to the virus. This is why the vaccine is important for travellers going to Mexico.
TyphoidThe typhoid vaccine is recommended for travellers going to Mexico. It is particularly important when travelling to an area where medical facilities are unavailable.
Other Vaccinations To Consider
RabiesDue to widespread vaccination of household pets, the number of reported rabies cases in dogs in Mexico has been on the decline since the 1990s. However, the disease continues to affect stray animals and pets which have not been vaccinated. If you are likely to come in contact with animals during your time in Mexico, you should consider the rabies vaccine. The same applies if you are going to spend time in remote areas, without easy access to medical facilities.
TetanusAs with the rabies vaccine, the tetanus booster is recommended for travellers who are planning to travel to remote areas where wounds and injuries can not be treated immediately. If you have received your tetanus vaccine or last booster more than 10 years ago, you may require additional protection before you go.