Health risks and vaccinations in Mexico

What are the health risks in Mexico? Here is some information on the key risks and dietary precautions to take when visiting or living in Mexico.

PEACE OF MIND WHEN VISITING OR LIVING IN MEXICO

Major health risks in Mexico

Mexico is not a country with serious health hazards but you should remain vigilant regarding:

- Mosquitoes and insects, mainly in rural and mountain areas as they cause a number of diseases such as:
- Dengue fever
- Malaria
- Leishmaniasis

The use of mosquito nets or suitable clothing (long clothes, repellents etc.) remains the best weapon against these insects.

- Wild or abandoned animals which may be carriers of rabies.

- STDs and AIDS: safe sex should be practised by using condoms, while needles and other medical equipment should be sterile.

Food risks in Mexico

Mexico is a safe country in terms of health. However, you should be careful what you eat and drink especially in remote areas. Food and water may contain bacteria that we are unaccustomed to and which could cause some gastric discomfort during your stay.

It is better to drink bottled water and be careful when you eat fruit and vegetables which have been washed in water.

Vaccinations required in Mexico

What vaccinations are required before travelling to Mexico?
These are the recommended vaccinations for travel to Mexico.

PROTECTION AGAINST DISEASE

There are no vaccinations needed in addition to those required in France.

However, due to the high level of risk, you could opt for the following vaccinations as a preventive measure:
- Rabies, especially for extended stays in remote areas.
- Typhoid.

Date of publication Jun 1 2012