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Anyone traveled through and around Mexico unvac?

post #1 of 12
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We are planning a trip in about 7 mos for 3 weeks to be in Mexico mostly on the west coast. Our fam doc is great about no vacs but said she wants to do some before we go, like tetnus, polio & measles. Has anyone had this issue and is there any info you can show me?
Thank you!!!!!
post #2 of 12


There is no more polio in Mexico than in the US. The entire western hemisphere has been declared polio free...

And Mexico has higher vaccination rates than the US. A ped encouraging you to vax to travel there is either: 1. Ignorant, or 2. looking for an excuse to push vaccines

-Angela
post #3 of 12
: to alegna.

mexico's vaccine uptake is higher than the united states.

we're taking dd (totally unvaxed) to mexico next month.

honestly, the biggest health-related issues to be worried about are food/water safety, and sun exposure. the standard precautions apply: be careful with what you consume, and make sure you've got plenty of good sunblock!

enjoy your trip!

(ps...by your doctor "recommending" those 3 vaccines, your child will actually get SEVEN!!! tetanus doesn't come alone so it would most likely be the dtap, and most doctor's offices don't routinely give monovalent measles, so it would be the mmr, plus the ipv. sounds like she was trying to do a little bait-and-switch there, unfortunately...)
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: to alegna.

mexico's vaccine uptake is higher than the united states.
Do you have a source I can reference for this? Thanks!
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kidspiration View Post
: to alegna.

mexico's vaccine uptake is higher than the united states.

we're taking dd (totally unvaxed) to mexico next month.

honestly, the biggest health-related issues to be worried about are food/water safety, and sun exposure. the standard precautions apply: be careful with what you consume, and make sure you've got plenty of good sunblock!

enjoy your trip!

(ps...by your doctor "recommending" those 3 vaccines, your child will actually get SEVEN!!! tetanus doesn't come alone so it would most likely be the dtap, and most doctor's offices don't routinely give monovalent measles, so it would be the mmr, plus the ipv. sounds like she was trying to do a little bait-and-switch there, unfortunately...)
Thanks for the pep-talk, I did tell her that if we chose to do any vacs they would be single shots. DD will be 1 this month, but I still don't want to do any vacs...ever!!!
you enjoy your trip as well
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Do you have a source I can reference for this? Thanks!
here you go:

http://www.unicef.org/publications/f...mmary_2007.pdf

the data for mexico is on page 111 of this pdf.

data for the united states is on page 185.
post #7 of 12
I spend a lot of time in Mexico, haven't had any vaccinations since I was a small child.

The doctor recently advised my father to get a Hep...b? I think, vaccination before going, but other than that, I've never heard ANYthing about being vaxed before going to Mexico.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by kidspiration View Post
here you go:

http://www.unicef.org/publications/f...mmary_2007.pdf

the data for mexico is on page 111 of this pdf.

data for the united states is on page 185.
thanks so much!
post #9 of 12
What about hep A? When I lived there, people got it all the time (I know it is spread through feces). It was a bear to recover from. Was it silly that I felt safer having been vaccinated? (I know, silly question to ask on this forum! )
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What about hep A? When I lived there, people got it all the time (I know it is spread through feces). It was a bear to recover from. Was it silly that I felt safer having been vaccinated? (I know, silly question to ask on this forum! )
If an adult feels safer having had the hep. A vax, then that's fine IMO. However, in *children* hep. a is usually so mild as to not even be diagnosed- so I wouldn't vax a child for it.

-Angela
post #11 of 12
My DH's family lives in Mexico, we spent over a month traveling by car all the way down to Mexico city then back up visiting lots of family in between. My DDs are not vaxed and I haven't had one since I was really little.

My girls did catch chicken pox while we were there
post #12 of 12
I travelled with my un-vaxed DS1 to a small, rural Mexican pueblo (my DH's hometown) once when he was 16 mo and again when he was 2 1/2 yo.

Surprisingly, it was my son's pro-vax pediatrician who assured me that there wasn't any greater risk in travelling to rural Mexico than living in Chicago.
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