Travel vaccinations for Mexico
Mexico is known for its flavour-filled food, packed and vibrant cities, and friendly culture. However, you will need more than just your regular routine vaccinations for Mexico. Infectious diseases such as typhoid and hepatitis A exist in Mexico and travellers are more susceptible to these diseases than those already living there.
We follow the standards set out by national bodies, such as the NHS and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) to provide the most up-to-date and credible information needed for anyone travelling outside the UK.
Do you need injections for Mexico?
It’s necessary to see a travel health specialist about your personal requirements for Mexico vaccinations. Not everyone will need the same jabs for Mexico, although there are some exceptions to this. Your routine vaccinations will be needed by all travellers. These should be up to date for living in the UK but may need topping up.
Beyond this, your jabs needed for Mexico will vary depending on a number of factors:
- Your length of stay and what you plan on doing there
- The state of your general health, including any issues with disease, now and in the past
- The regions you plan on travelling to
These are the kinds of questions a travel health professional is going to ask you to figure out your injections for Mexico. It’s important to think about what kind of traveller you’ll be. Are you going to be sampling all different types of food, or sticking to meals in your resort? With the outbreak of Zika virus still a risk for pregnant women, even considering whether you may get pregnant while you’re away can help our travel specialists provide you with a safe course of action.
What injections do I need for Mexico?
Here is a breakdown of some of the jabs for Mexico that you may need. Be sure to consult your travel specialist to have this tailored specifically to your trip.
MMR (Measles, mumps & rubella) & DTaP (Diphtheria, tetanus & polio)
MMR and DTaP are your routine vaccinations that all travellers need. We strongly recommend checking in with our travel specialists about this, rather than assuming that you’re covered for these Mexico vaccinations in the UK. There has been an outbreak of measles worldwide and all of these diseases are transferred from person-to-person. In a country of almost 130 million people, this creates a real risk.
Typhoid & Hepatitis A
These diseases are transferred through contaminated food and water and can lead to severe illness and even death. There is no cure for hepatitis A, once you have it, you need to manage it at home. We recommend these vaccinations for Mexico but talk to your travel specialist who can tailor this advice for your specific trip.
TIP While you’re in Mexico:
- Only drink sealed, bottled water and avoid ice cubes.
- Avoid food from untrustworthy sources and anything that has likely been sitting for a while, for instance, a buffet.
South America is a high risk area for hepatitis B and it is transmitted through body fluids, such as saliva and sexual fluids, as well as needles, for instance those used in tattooing or for administering drugs.
Do you need Twinrix for Mexico?
Twinrix is a combined vaccine against hepatitis A and B. This may be the best solution, depending on what your other Mexico travel vaccines are. We will offer this if it is appropriate.
While not strictly speaking one of your vaccinations for Mexico, it’s worth mentioning allergy medication, due to the climate and pollution there. Locals and travellers alike can experience allergy symptoms such as respiratory problems. Check out this pollen map if you think you might be at risk.
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Mexico. All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world. Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations based on a risk assessment to include itinerary, current and past medical history and lifestyle.
|MMR||Yes||Person-to-Person||MMR, Course of Two||£56|
|DTaP||Yes||Person-to-Person||Revaxis, Single Dose||£41|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhim Vi, Single Dose||£51|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Avaxim/havrix, Single Dose||£86|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||EnergixB, Course of Three||£61|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Course of Three||£66|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabipur, Course of Three, ID, in rabies clinincs||£50|
Advice for travellers to all destinations
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
Risk of malaria in Mexico?
Malaria is a viral illness spread by mosquitoes that bite from dusk to dawn throughout the tropical world. It causes high fever and severe joint and muscle pains. In serious cases, malaria can be fatal.
Malaria is a risk in some parts of Mexico. There is a low risk in the areas of Chiapas and Ozxaca. There is also a very low risk in Chihuahua, Durango, Nayarit, Qunitana Roo and Sinaloa.
Do you need malaria tablets for Mexico?
All travellers to Mexico should get advice from one of our travel specialists regarding if you need malaria medication and what type. Rather than a vaccination, this medication is taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on:
- Your destination
- Length of stay
- Current medical condition.
- Avoid insect bites by using a strong insect repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Risk of yellow fever for Mexico
Yellow Fever is a serious viral illness spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Vaccination.