Immunisation, vaccine and travel advice for Mexico.


1. States of Chiapas and Oaxaca:

There is a low risk of malaria.

Recommended adult regimen:

Chloroquine base 310mg (2 tablets) or 300mg (30ml of 50mg/5ml syrup) weekly. Begin one week before travel to affected area and continue for four weeks after leaving.

Alternative regimen:

Healthcare professionals only may check with the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on 0845 6026712 (9.00-11.45am & 1.00-3.45pm, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri; 9.00-11.45am, Wed; closed on Bank Holidays).

2. Rest of the country incl Chihuahua, Durango, Nayarit, Quintana Roo & Sinaloa:

There is a very low risk of malaria. Advise mosquito bite avoidance.


Travellers should be up to date with routinely recommended vaccinations according to the routine UK immunisation programme.

Vaccination could be considered for travellers whose activities put them at increased risk, including those visiting friends and relatives, and frequent or long-stay travellers to areas where sanitation and food hygiene are likely to be poor.

Hepatitis A
Vaccination recommended for all previously unvaccinated travellers. Hepatitis A vaccine is well tolerated and affords long-lasting protection.

Vaccination recommended for travellers whose activities put them at increased risk, including those at risk due to their work (eg, health workers or those working with animals), those travelling to areas where access to post-exposure treatment and medical care is limited, those planning higher risk activities such as running or cycling, and long-stay travellers.

Vaccination recommended for travellers whose activities or medical history put them at increased risk, including aid workers and travellers those going to areas of cholera outbreaks who have limited access to safe water and medical care.

Travellers should have completed a primary vaccination course according to the UK schedule. If travelling to a country where medical facilities may be limited, a booster dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine is recommended if the last dose was more than ten years ago even if five doses of vaccine have been given previously.

Further information

Abbreviated information provided by the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). Refer to the Mexico page on for full details.

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