Common Questions About Health Concerning Travelers to Mexico

March 13, 2024

Here are some of the Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Travelers' Health in Mexico:


What vaccines do I need for Mexico? All travelers should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations.

  • Highly recommended: Hepatitis A (for everyone), Rabies (especially for rural areas). Depending on your age, health, and itinerary, consider: Typhoid, Hepatitis B, and seasonal flu.

  • Check the CDC website for the latest recommendations.

Where can I get the recommended vaccinations before my trip to Mexico? Visit your doctor or a travel clinic at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to discuss your specific needs and get any necessary vaccinations.


Do I need to take any medications to prevent illness in Mexico? Malaria risk exists in some areas of Mexico. Talk to your doctor to see if you need antimalarial medication, depending on your specific destination. Consider bringing medications for traveler's diarrhea (common due to unfamiliar food or water) and over-the-counter pain relievers.

Food and Water Safety:

Is it safe to drink the tap water in Mexico? Generally not recommended. Stick to bottled water with sealed caps or boiled/purified water.

What foods should I avoid in Mexico? Be cautious of street food, undercooked meat/fish, and unwashed fruits/vegetables. Opt for cooked, steaming dishes and fruits you can peel yourself.

Other Health Concerns:

What is the risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Mexico? Dengue fever and Zika virus are present in some areas. Use insect repellent with DEET and wear protective clothing to minimize bites.

What should I do if I get sick while traveling in Mexico? Bring a basic first-aid kit and pack any essential medications you rely on. If you experience a serious illness, seek medical attention at a reputable hospital or clinic.

Additional Resources:

Related: Mexico Travel Health Guide (Mexperience)

Related: Vaccines Against COVID-19, the Seasonal Flu and RSV Are Our Best Chance of Preventing a Winter Surge (The Conversation)

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  Learn about Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexican Red Cross)

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