Should I have any Vaccines for a trip to India?

If you’re planning to take a trip to the beautiful, populated country of India for a holiday or a romantic getaway and you have packed your bags ready to ride to the airport. Wait just a little moment. I’m sure you have crossed off everything on your travel list which is great but there’s one more important business you have to take care of: which is your Vaccination. The CDC recommends that you take your vaccines at least four to six weeks before your departure. The essence of this is to enable the vaccines to take effect. For diseases like malaria that doesn’t require a vaccination, you’ll need to take preventive medicines. Here’s a quick list of the vaccines you will need to take before traveling to India: Please note that the actual vaccinations you need have to be determined by you and your doctor.

To determine the exact type of vaccinations your doctor has to consider some factors.

  • The first thing your doctor will do is to check your medical history. This will help him determine the diseases that you are vulnerable to and the ones that your body can withstand.
  • He’ll also check your immunization records to see the vaccinations that you have already gotten.
  • He’ll also check your itinerary so that he’ll know just the right amount of drugs or vaccines that you will need throughout your stay.

When your doctor is done, he’ll list the vaccines you’ll need and where you can get them if he doesn’t have them. Your doctor will also check your immunization records to ensure that you stay updated on the standard vaccines. This is majorly applicable to US citizens. These vaccines are for:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Polio

In addition to these, you’ll require a tetanus shot and a flu shot.

Before you leave for India, take these vaccines:

Here is a list of the standard vaccines that you need to take before embarking on your trip to India:

  • Hepatitis A: This disease is often transmitted via food and water. Hepatitis A is very prevalent in India and so you must take this vaccine before leaving for India.
  • Hepatitis B: The possibility of contacting this disease is high as a large population of Indians suffers from this disease. Hepatitis B is a viral infection that can be contacted through blood and other bodily fluids like sweat, urine and semen. That automatically means that you could be infected through:

    • Sexual activity
    • Recreational drug use
    • Accidents
    • Receiving treatment in a hospital

You have not been vaccinated against this disease; do ensure that you get a shot before leaving.

  • Typhoid fever: Typhoid fever is a deadly disease. It is contacted through eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. This vaccine is highly recommended for everyone making a trip to southern Asia as many countries there, including India, are high – risk areas for this disease.
  • Japanese encephalitis: India is high-risk area for this lethal virus – causing disease. It is usually transmitted through mosquito bites and is considered to be highly fatal. You will stay in or visit a rural farming area; you must get this vaccine as rural dwellers are most vulnerable to the disease.
  • Rabies: A lot of young children living in rural areas are prone to getting bitten by infected dogs and animals. If you will be spending a lot of time in the outdoors, make sure you get this vaccine before making your trip.
  • Yellow fever: Yellow fever is usually transmitted through the bite of the Aedes mosquito. Although it’s not imperative to get this vaccine before leaving, you may be asked to show a proof of yellow fever vaccination when you arrive in India. They want to ascertain if you have visited any country with a high risk of yellow fever before coming to India.

If you don’t have a proof, you may be put in quarantine for six days or more after your arrival. Yellow fever is prevalent in tropical and subtropical countries in Central America, South America, and Africa.