Inoculations for Mexico
Many people contact us looking for information about inoculations for Mexico travel. As November is the beginning of the travel season, we thought it would be a good idea to update the information we have already posted on our Medical FAQs page.
While travel Mexico doesn't usually pose any severe health risks, and Mexican medical facilities are generally reliable, it is a good idea to stay informed.
One thing we didn't turn up in our research was much of an interest in the swine flu. Surprizing, considering how closely associated Mexico and H1N1 were in the press during the flu's first appearance. Our conclusion: you are just as likely to contract the swine flu in Mamaronek, NY as Mexico City; get your flu shot, and stop worrying.
Note: Make sure you check that page as well, as it contains good information about healthy travel in Mexico, beyond the information on this page which is limited specifically to inoculations.
Please remember... we are not not doctors! Nor do we present ourselves as medical experts. The information collected on this webpage is gathered from other sites that we believe to be credible, but nothing offered here substitutes for the advice available to you from your physician.
Before leaving for Mexico, we strongly urge you to make an appointment with your doctor to obtain informed, professional medical advice.
World Travel Guide
Here are the recommendations posted by World Travel Guide.net.
Diphtheria: Not generally recommended, but advisable when traveling in rural areas or for long visits.
Hepatitis A: RECOMMENDED
Malaria: Not recommended by this website. This advice differs however from the Pan American Health Organization and others. See below for more information.
Rabies: Stray dogs are a pesitilence in many small towns throughout Mexico; nevertheless, in five years of living and traveling throughout the country, I never encountered any that were aggressive. Still, better safe than sorry. Also, if you plan to visit the spectacular caves in the Yucatan, be aware that you are visiting a natural habitat for bats. A rabies inoculation would be a sensible precaution.
Yellow Fever: NO
MD Travel Health
Hepatitis A: RECOMMENDED
Hepatitis B: Recommended for long visits or if there is a possibility that a blood transfusion will be necessary.
Rabies: See above
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR): Recommended for anyone born after 1956 if not previously inoculated.
Tetanus-diphtheria: RECOMMENDED with repeat inoculations every 10 years.
There's other good information on this site as well: facts about the disease, syptoms, treatments, etc., as well as very specific data on where in Mexico there is some risk of malarial infection.
The text on the page isn't laid out very well, so it's a bit difficult to read, but it's definitely worth a visit. Here's the link: MD Travel Health
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Malaria
PAHO is a 100 year old international health organization based in Washington DC with regional offices in over 27 coutries.
Affiliated with the UN, PAHO provides medical services in areas of the greatest need and distributes health information though their website and publications.
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PAHO's webpage of malaria risk areas in Mexico.
PAHO recommends having a malaria inoculation. This recommendation differs from others listed on this webpage. This map, which we are republishing from their website, shows areas where infection poses the greatest risk.
As a guideline remember that malaria is carried by mosquitos. If you plan to visit wet, swampy areas, or during the rain season, having a malaria vaccination may be a good idea.
As always, consult your doctor well before you set out...just to be sure.
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