We are going to Mexico in 5 weeks for the first time. Do we need typhoid jabs or hepatitis jabs?
Contact your medical professional or travel clinic. Several years ago I got the Twinrix shots and maybe typhoid just as a precaution. Not that it was mandatory.
Note that even in the USA, you read about occasional hepatitis outbreaks.
Hepatitis A is endemic in Mexico, it's always around. It's also easily transmitted by the fecal/oral route. No matter how meticulous your own personal hygiene may be, you are only as safe as the hygiene habits of the people cooking and serving your food.
Hepatitis A vaccine is safe and pretty effective. If Twinrix (combination Hepatitis A & B vaccine) is available, you might as well get that. Hep B isn't as easily transmitted, usually blood borne or sexually transmitted. However, lots of carriers out there, rendering any sort of first aid, even to a child could put you at risk.
See what you local travel clinic says about typhoid, I keep mine current, but, I don't stay at resorts and eat at out of the way places.
Not in this area - never had them in 10 years
Our local Canada doctor advises these for here (CANADA) and the UK
In the UK the travel clinics recommend Typhoid, Hep A in addition to the usual Tetanus & Polio. At the end of the day it's up to you, I always think it's best to be safe than sorry & the vaccines are free of charge.
Thanks for your replies. The vaccines are not free in our area.
They are not free here either. Twinrix was $180 - but well worth it IMO.
I had to pay for my shots. You have to determine whether a given shot is worth it to you but I suspect that the negatives of contracting Hep A far outweigh the cost to be protected.
Just curious, do any of you experts, or those who live in this area, know if restaurant workers are required to have TB tests as they do in the states? I don't know why I just thought of this now.
We are in Hampshire,UK. We got typhoid oral vaccine given to us.
Sounds like the typical UK postcode lottery strikes again if you can't get immunised for free where you live. Last year all four of us had free typhoid & hep A injections - we live in Berkshire, UK. I do recall that there was a shortage of typhoid vaccine and so they were offering oral vaccinations in some parts of UK - pain free but doesn't last as long.