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22 May 2019

What vaccines are needed to travel to Mexico?

 

"All you have to do is decide to leave. And the hard part is done. "

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Vaccines to travel to Mexico


Vaccination required to go to Mexico


There is no list of mandatory vaccines to enter Mexico. Nevertheless, to prevent the spread of certain diseases, you need to consider some vaccines and advices.

 

Vaccines recommended for traveling to Mexico


Although there are no mandatory vaccinations for traveling to Mexico, there is a series of recommended vaccines that you can enjoy for a holiday without the risk of developing an illness to or from your destination.

  • Hepatitis A: Linked to an infection of the liver, hepatitis A can be transmitted through food, water or contaminated objects.
  • Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver. It is spread by blood, sperm or vaginal secretions of an infected person.
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria: Verify with your travel health professional if you need to receive a booster according to your vaccination record
  • Traveler's diarrhea: The main sources of infection is food, contaminated water and lack of hygiene. This is the health problem affecting travelers most frequently.
  • Typhoid Fever: This disease can affect many organs. It can be transmitted by food prepared by people who carry the microbacterium. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the hygienic conditions of where you are eating. This vaccine is especially recommended in the most rural areas.


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Some special precautions for vaccination can also be taken while traveling in Mexico.
 

  • Cholera: A disease that can be transmitted by water and the consumption of food contaminated with bacilli. Fish and seafood, raw fruits, rawvegetables and food contaminated during storage or preparation are most often the cause of foodborne illness. Especially for those who go on an adventurous journey off the beaten paths
  • Rabies: A disease that may be present in stray animals. They can be simple carriers or infected. Children are four times more likely at risk than adults and boys are more at risk than girls.
  • Pneumococcus: The disease can cause serious infections to the lungs, blood, brain lining and spinal cord. Receiving a vaccine is the best way to prevent this disease if you travel to Mexico City, the polluted capital of Mexico, whose air is unhealthy for travelers at risk.


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Traveling in Mexico: Our advice


Consume only bottled water


Water in Mexico is not drinkable! You must always drink bottled water available in all establishments or supermarkets.

Do not rely on the water of hotels, whatever the category, who have their own water filtration system. Avoid eating ice cream.

 

Be careful with food


Mexican food can sometimes be difficult to digest and make travel more uncomfortable. Eat with caution, watch for the degree of spices in your dishes and those of your family members.

Meals usually contain a lot of fat and can weigh heavily on the stomach. Avoid an infection of the intestines (traveler's diarrhea) by being alert to what presents a risk.

Always wash your hands before eating or drinking.

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Beware of mosquitoes


There is a proliferation of mosquito presence during the rainy season. Take a good mosquito repellent with you to help prevent bites. Indeed, these insects can transmit diseases such as Dengue, Zika and Others.

To deal with the problem of mosquito bites, use breathable clothing to avoid heat and cover your entire body.

 

Current adapters


The sockets in Mexico are 3-pin with a voltage of 110V. Depending on your country of origin, we recommend that you obtain an adapter to use your electronic devices safely.

 

Do not lose the FMM


When you arrive in Mexico, it is mandatory to complete the Forma Migratoria Múltiple (Multiple Migration Form - FMM), a document certifying your stay in this country.

 

It is essential that you do not lose this document, as it will be required upon your return.

 

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When traveling, regardless of your destination or physical condition, a consultation with a trained health professional is expected at least 6 weeks before your departure.

Christine Dumontet RN 

President Dumontet CSV and Founder of Travel Health Assist

 

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