Vaccinations and Diseases in India

Information to be aware of concerning common tropical diseases and illnesses in India…

Anyone arriving in India from one of the countries where yellow fever is prevalent (many countries in Africa and Central and South America) requires proof of a yellow fever vaccination. Proof of other vaccinations is not required.

Up-to-date vaccinations for tetanus, hepatitis A and B are recommended. A typhoid vaccination is also highly recommended, as outbreaks are common.

There are no vaccines available for diseases like malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya, which are transmitted by mosquitoes (especially during the monsoon season). Anti-malarial drugs can be taken as a precaution but long-term use of these drugs is not recommended. Most expatriates living in India prefer to take preventive measures like using mosquito repellents and nets when sleeping.

Stomach upsets, diarrhoea and gastroenteritis are common in India. Precautions should be taken to avoid falling ill. These may be drinking only bottled or filtered water, avoiding uncooked food or food that has been left standing for a long time, and so on.

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