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  • Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Agra are most visited areas
  • Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus, and typhoid vaccines recommended
  • More vaccines recommended for other areas
  • No yellow fever vaccination
  • Daily anti-malaria medication needed

India is a vast and beautiful country, and traveling in India can be a wonderful experience. However, in order to stay healthy during and after your trip, there are certain steps and precautions you should take. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions our patients ask about traveling to India.

QuestionIndia commonly asked questions

What are the most commonly visited areas by New Yorkers?

Four of the most commonly visited areas by New Yorkers are Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Agra.

Mumbai, also known as Bombay, consists of seven islands along the west coast of India. It is the wealthiest city in India and as such is very ornate and modern. Mumbai is also India's most populated city, home to a diverse population.

Delhi (officially the National Capital Territory) lies along the Yamuna River in northern India. It is the second most populated city in India while being geographically the largest, spanning eleven districts, including the capital of New Delhi. Delhi is the center of government and has therefore drawn many different groups throughout its long history, resulting in a unique blended culture.

Chennai, or Madras, is a coastal city in the southeast of India. Chennai is nicknamed the "Detroit of India," as it is a major commercial center producing many of the country's exports. It is known for its beautiful landscape, and as such the arts and performing arts flourish.

Agra, previously a capital of the Mughal Empire, is located along the Yamuna River just southeast of Delhi. It is a historically rich city, as it is home to many famous Mughal-era monuments including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, contributing to its traditional feel.

What vaccines are necessary for those areas?

The Center for Disease Control suggests that travelers to those areas receive hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and typhoid vaccinations. It is also recommended to update your polio and tetanus vaccinations.

Is it required to get those vaccinations?

While it is not required by law to receive any of these vaccinations, they are recommended by the Center for Disease Control for those who travel to India.

Do I need a yellow fever vaccine?

No, you do not need to receive a yellow fever vaccine if you are traveling to India directly from the United States. However, you do need the vaccine if you are traveling to India from a country with yellow fever risk. If you are unsure whether the country you are traveling from has yellow fever risk, you can check the list according to the Center for Disease Control: Click here

What vaccinations do I need if I visit other areas of India?

The Center for Disease Control recommends vaccinations such as Japanese encephalitis and rabies for travel to certain areas, especially rural areas. It is best to discuss your travel plans with our doctors in order to meet your specific needs.

Which vaccines may I have gotten in the past from the list offered?

You may have received some of the recommended vaccines. However, many vaccines require updating. Tetanus needs a booster every ten years. Polio includes four shots which many received as children, but a booster is also needed after the age of 21. If you received a hepatitis vaccine as a child, it was most likely the hepatitis B vaccination that consists of three shots for lifetime immunity. Hepatitis A consists of two shots for lifetime immunity, but if you only received one shot your immunity only lasts for a year and would need updating. Typhoid vaccinations only last for two years.

What if I do not remember which vaccines I got?

If you do not remember which vaccines you've received or cannot locate your immunization record, the safest decision is to get revaccinated. Getting revaccinated cannot harm you and will assure that you are protected.

Do I need to get Malaria protection, and what protection is available?

Because malaria is a prominent illness in India and there are no vaccines for malaria, travel to most areas of India requires malarial prevention medication. The two medications offered are Malarone and Doxycycline, both very effective when taken daily starting three days prior to departure. The noticeable difference between the two medications is Malarone only needs to be taken for one week after leaving India whereas Doxycycline must be taken for 30 days. Insurance most likely covers either, but Doxycycline is cheaper and therefore the most common choice for uninsured patients.

How early should I be immunized?

Ideally you should be immunized a few weeks before you depart for India. However, the vaccinations and medications can still provide some protection even if only received a few days prior. If you are leaving on short notice, it is best to visit our clinic to come up with a personalized health plan.

What other travel health preparations do I need aside from getting travel vaccinations?

In order to ensure your trip is a safe one, two medications should be carried for personal use: Imodium or another similar anti-diarrheal, and also an antibiotic medication such as Cipro, which our doctors would prescribe.

A good insect repellent should be brought with a DEET concentration between 30-50%, as many diseases found in India are spread through insects, including dengue, which has no vaccination. In order to protect your skin, a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 should be brought and reapplied often.

How else can I stay safe in India?

As in traveling anywhere, when traveling in India you should be aware of the differences in your surroundings, such as the local traffic laws. Extra caution should be used when dealing with all environmental concerns, including wildlife. Because India has different illnesses than those found in the United States, it is important that if you are injured while traveling you should seek immediate medical attention. This will ensure any possible health risks can be monitored and treated correctly.

Many cases of sickness in India can be traced to food and water consumption. In India it is safest to always drink bottled water and to avoid consuming tap water in any form, including ice cubes and drinks that may be mixed with tap water such as fountain drinks. Food should always be cooked well and be from a trustable source.

What will happen during my travel health consultation?

During your consultation, our doctors will go over the health risks associated with the area you are traveling to in conjunction with your immunization record. You will then be able to make a more informed decision as to which vaccines and medications would be best for you.

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  • Rabies
  • Japanese Encephalitis
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