Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Costa Rica, so your behaviors are important. Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Although the risk of malaria is low in Costa Rica, you should avoid mosquito bites to prevent malaria. Some travelers to certain areas who are at higher risk for complications from malaria (such as pregnant women) may need to take extra precautions, like antimalarial medicine. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling.
Although rabies can be found in bats and other mammals in Costa Rica, it is not found in dogs and is not a major risk to most travelers
There is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination onlyif you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US & Europe. If you are traveling from a country other than the US or Europe, check the list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine.