Vaccines for Costa Rica

Costa Rica Escapes does not require any vaccines for travelers going to Costa Rica. The following information is a summary of suggestions only. Please consult your doctor for recommended vaccines.

Routine Vaccines for Costa Rica

Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. Although childhood diseases, such as measles, rarely occur in the United States, they are still common in many parts of the world. A traveler who is not vaccinated would be at risk for infection.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG) Vaccine

Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with “standard” tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission.

Typhoid Vaccine

Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to Costa Rica, especially if visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.

Malaria Vaccine

If you will be visiting an area of Costa Rica with malaria (Limon Providence), you will need to discuss with your doctor the best ways for you to avoid getting sick with malaria. Ways to prevent malaria include the following:

  • Taking a prescription antimalarial drug
  • Using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites
  • Sleeping in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms or using bednets

For more information on vaccines needed for Costa Rica, and other health precautions, contact the Center For Disease Control and Prevention by email or calling 1-877-FYI-TRIP.