Vaccinations for India

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In India, the intense monsoon season runs from June to September where excessive rainfall is common, causing flooding and disruption throughout the country. From October, the monsoon season draws to a close and long spells of hot and dry weather become the norm. At this time tourism picks up and it is the perfect time for tours to the Golden Triangle (Jaipur, Agra, for the Taj Mahal and Delhi), beach holidays (Goa and Kerala) and visits to tiger sanctuaries and national parks (countrywide).

India is a country of adventure and even the most seasoned traveller should take precautions when planning a visit. Many diseases in India are transmitted via contaminated food and water. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and Typhoid are essential. All travellers should ensure they are able to access clean, sterilised water. Food should be cooked thoroughly and foods that could potentially have been washed in contaminated water (for example, salad and fruits you cannot peel) should be avoided.

All visitors should also ensure that their Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccination is up to date.

Anyone planning on visiting for periods of 3 weeks plus should consider doing the Hepatitis B vaccination course. Hep B is spread via blood and bodily fluids. So for example, if you were involved in an accident that required hospital treatment, you may be at risk of Hep B if the hospital were to use unsterile equipment on you. It is vital to remember that India is a developing country and access to first world medical services may be limited. You may wish to carry a sterile kit (which you can purchase from the clinic) with you to reduce your risk.

The Rabies vaccination course should also be considered for anyone travelling for long periods or working with animals. India has a high risk of rabies throughout the country and approximately 20,000 deaths from rabies per year. It is contracted via a bite or lick of an open wound from a rabid animal, most commonly in India from dogs.

The Japanese encephalitis vaccination course should be considered for those spending extensive periods in rural areas of India particularly rice fields and swamps. The disease is contracted via mosquito bites. It is important to use a DEET-based mosquito repellent and to use it both day and night time. We recommend Life Systems mosquito repellent which you can purchase from all of our clinics.

There is a low risk of malaria throughout the majority of India and tablets are generally not recommended. However the areas of Assam and Odisha have a high risk and anti-malarial medication is essential for these parts. Mosquito repellent should be worn at all times as no tablet is 100% effective.

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