Mexico is a beautiful country with incredible sights and an experience of a lifetime to offer. People often visit Mexico for a trip and end up getting quite sick there, resulting in shortening of their trip and having absolutely no fun. So here we have compiled few things you should take care about when traveling to Mexico to assure your health safety and that your trip is as enjoyable as possible!
Firstly, please make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations. There are certain vaccines you should check the status of before evoking anywhere like measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, chicken pox and polio vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DPT) vaccine and the annual flu vaccine.
As Mexico is one of the high incident reporting areas for these diseases, it is advisable you to get vaccines for the following too:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow Fever
While these are vaccines, there are also some things you should take care about to prevent transmission and spread of other diseases to you. Dengue is a type of infection caused through mosquito bites so take mosquito-repellents with you or sleep under bed nets there.
Tuberculosis is also common there so make sure you have a face mask with you at all times. If you see someone coughing a lot, very thin sometimes to the point of anorexia in appearance then do wear your mask. Also take care of what clothes you wear, like you will not wear thick clothes in warm weather but wear full sleeves when going out at night to reduce mosquito bites if you do not want to apply a mosquito-repellant. Since it gets very hot in Mexico, wear loose clothes, sunglasses and sunblock to help you stay hydrated and sweat less. Keep water with you at all times and a hand-sanitizer too as it will be very useful at all times.
Take extra care of your hygiene when traveling to Mexico as Hepatitis A is common which spreads due to dirty hands. Wash your hands thoroughly and eat from clean hygienic places. It is also advisable that you learn the danger signs for any emergency diseases prevalent in Mexico from your health care provider and have a prescription filled too from your doctor for anti-malarials. Do ask from the local people where the nearest hospitals are so you do not waste time whenever you need medical help.
Tap water is not safe to drink in Mexico so either use bottled mineral water or boil water for at least one minute.
While these are just some health tips for you to make sure you enjoy your trip to maximum, you may also ask for more details from your tour guides or from friends who have visited here before. In fact CDC and some touring agencies have pamphlets made of a similar checklist so you could get that too. Here’s to hoping you have an incredible time once upon a time in Mexico!