Vaccines to take before traveling to India

When it comes to traveling down to India for a vacation, everyone tends to get excited and makes a whole bunch of lists of what to do, where to visit and what to eat. In all this, it is also essential to remember one important list – the list of vaccines to take before you travel to India.

Seeing the whole list of Vaccines to take before traveling to India can be daunting so allow me to clarify a few points here. Some of these drugs are specific to certain areas of India where the disease has a greater incidence and thus, need not be taken if you are not visiting those states or cities. 

The Vaccines to take before traveling to India

Even today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remains the standard to track protocols for most diseases so that is what I have followed while researching for this post as well.

We shall divide the list of vaccines into two broad categories:

Routine Vaccines

This is the list of vaccines that are usually given to you during the first years of your life and thus do not need to be repeated. If you have not had them, it is wise to get them taken after consultation with your family physician.

These drugs include:

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Polio
  • DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus)

Specific to Traveling in India 

The main risk factors for the disease are noted in brackets

  • Cholera (contaminated food and water)
  • Typhoid (contaminated food and water)
  • Hepatitis A (contaminated food, poor hygiene)
  • Hepatitis B (injection use, contaminated tattoo instruments)
  • Japanese Encephalitis (areas with risk of infected mosquitoes)
  • Malaria  (areas with risk of infected mosquitoes)
  • Rabies (especially in outdoor activities or is likely to be bitten by animals)

I know it is scary seeing the list of all those potential injections but the fact is your health matters. Most of these are preventable diseases and vaccines play a major role in that. So I do hope you will save this list for future reference when you plan your next trip to India.

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Anaesthesiologist Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan is a guest writer for The Wandering Core. He believes in the healing power of love and laughter but practices medicine just to be on the safe side. A winner of Write India Season One, India’s largest crowd-sourced literary competition, he also has a trophy for ‘Best Blog in India for Creative Writing’ awarded to his blog, Godyears at the Country’s First Live Blogging Conference and Awards Ceremony. Over 20 of his short stories have found their way into anthologies over the years.

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