Before going to a country it is important to know what vaccines are needed to be able to travel to it. In the case of Mexico, there is no mandatory vaccination, but it is highly recommended. In this article, we talk about the vaccines that are recommended. In addition, we give you some health recommendations.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

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Necessary and recommended vaccines to travel to Mexico

Recommended vaccines

Contrary to what some people think, No. there is no mandatory vaccination to enter Mexico. No matter which country you come from, no vaccinations are required for the visitor, not even against yellow fever. However, there are a number of vaccinations that are recommended to have up-to-date.

First of all, the recommended basic vaccination to visit any destination is the following:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus-diphtheria
  • MMR (measles, rubella and mumps)

In many countries, these vaccines are given to people when they are children, so it is convenient to confirm with your doctor which vaccines you should get and which ones are no longer needed.

Similarly, another vaccine that is advisable to travel to Mexico is typhoid fever, especially if you are going to leave large cities such as Mexico City. Therefore, if you are going to Riviera Maya, it is advisable to keep it up to date.

Also, if you plan to carry out any risky activity, it is recommended that you get vaccinated against hepatitis B. Similarly, if you are going to deal with animals, you should be vaccinated against rabies.

In the case of Spain, you can find out which International Vaccination Centers are in your city by clicking this link. As for Colombia, you have the list in this site.

Other diseases

There are some existing diseases in the country for which there is no vaccine. These are generally transmitted by the mosquito bite, so the most important thing is to have a quality repellent and wear suitable clothing.

One of these diseases is malaria, which occurs mainly in the Pacific area. For this ailment there is a medicine that is given orally. However, this medicine has some side effects and should be taken before, during, and after the trip.

In the same way, cases of dengue, chikungunya and the Zika virus can also occur, especially during the rainy months, which occur between May and November. The states with the highest risk are:

  • Chiapas
  • Warrior
  • Oaxaca
  • Tabasco
  • Veracruz

Of these diseases, the Zika virus is especially dangerous for pregnant women, as it can cause malformations in the fetus.

Health tips

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain indicates that it is important to have a health insurance with broad coverage that includes repatriation and evacuation to the country of origin, since health, despite being of quality, is expensive.

Even so, it is possible that, even if you have medical insurance, it is mandatory to pay medical expenses in advance so that, later, the insurance pays you.

Finally, it is recommended to drink bottled water, wash fruits and vegetables well before consuming them, and avoid buying food from street stalls.

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