Let’s take a look at some of the jabs you must take before you come to India

India is a tropical country and most governments of the world advice their citizens to take precautions before going to India. But before taking any vaccinations make sure you are update with your routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, chickenpox vaccine, polio and your
yearly flu jabs (if you do take them). Since diphtheria, tetanus and polio are risks in India and many other countries, it is important that you talk to your doctor about these vaccinations

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a liver disease spread by contaminated food and water. Unfortunately,Hepatitis A is common in India and other developing countries. Therefore you might consider taking the vaccination for Hepatitis A before coming to India. In addition, the best way to avoid it is by not drinking tap water,food from street vendors, by not eating raw eggs and unwashed fruits and vegetables.

Make sure you wash your hands before you eat food in India. It is recommended that you take the Hepatitis A vaccination two weeks before travel.

Typhoid

Again typhoid fever is a disease that is spread by contaminated food and water. It is common in a country like India. Precautionmethods are the same as that of Hepatitis A. You might be advised by your family doctor to take this vaccination before you come to India. It is recommended that you take the typhoid vaccination two weeks before travel.

Malaria

Malaria is a disease that spreads through mosquito bites and malaria in India is rampant. Delhi in particularly is notorious for its mosquito related diseases such as malaria and dengue-fever. You must take precautions before coming to India. Although there are no vaccinations for malaria, there are prescription medicines that will allow you to prevent malaria which you will need to take before, during, and after your trip. One way is take some mosquito repellents that contain DEET (the active ingredient that repels insects), mosquito bands or nets. You
must wear full sleeved clothes during the monsoons as this is the time when mosquitoes breed in large numbers. You can also buy products like “AllOut” or creams such as “Odomus” in India that will prevent mosquitoes from coming near you.

Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis is a viral infection of the brain that spreads through mosquito bites. India is one of those countries where there is an increased risk of Japanese Encephalitis. A course of the vaccine will give you 98% protection against it. This vaccination is particularly important if you are planning to visit India during monsoons and if you are visiting for a longer duration. It is recommended that you take this vaccination
one month before travelling.

Rabies

Rabies is spread by the saliva of stray dogs,bats, monkeys and other mammals in India.Unfortunately, there are lots of these stray dogs. There is a significant stray population of monkeys in many cities of India in including Delhi and Agra (where the Taj Mahal is situated). Children are particularly likely to play with dogs and if they were to get licks from infected dogs than chances are that it will be passed on. Those with children and those who might be doing a lot of out-door activities such as trekking, camping or engaging in wild-life activities then it might be
good idea to consider rabies vaccination. It is recommended that you take the rabies vaccination one month before travel.

Cholera vaccination

Again cholera is spread by contaminated water and food and is common in India. If you are travelling in the rainy season than it is recommended that you take the cholera vaccination. It is recommended that you take it at least two weeks before you travel to India.

Please note: You must talk to your doctor or your travel nurse before coming to India and get professional medical advice.