India is an extremely popular destination for foreign travelers. This populous country of more than a billion people offers western tourists a fascinating visit into a foreign world. There are outdoor adventures, pristine landscapes, historical sites, modern night life and a spiritual dimension to the country. India is incredibly diverse in all aspects. Amazingly, over 1500 languages are spoken there.
The country is working hard to modernize and is competing with the developed world. For example, medical tourism is a growing industry in India, when westerners travel there for complex surgeries and medical treatments that can be performed at great cost savings.
Many travelers to India and other developing countries will develop health issues abroad, Many of these illnesses can be prevented or effectively treated, if the traveler is prepared. Tourists, businessmen and folks returning to India to visit friends and relatives (VFRs) should consult with a travel doctor several weeks before departure for travel vaccinations and travel safety tips. VFRs returning to their birth countries often wrongly believe that they are still immune to local diseases, but this is not the case. If they travel without travel vaccinations and other preventive health measures, they face unnecessary risks of illness. Expert travel medicine advice is available at Find Travel Clinic.
Travelers to India Need:
- Seasonal Influenza (routine ‘flu shot’)
- Chicken pox MMR (measles/mumps/rubella)
- DPT (Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus)
- Rotovirus (for children)
- Poliomyelitis (if unvaccinated)
- Yellow fever (if you are traveling from certain countries)
- Rabies (depending upon your itinerary)
- Japanese encephalitis (for rural travelers)
- Poliomyelitis (adults may need a booster)
Travelers to India need to be mindful that there are many diseases, including malaria and traveler’s diarrhea, that have no available protective travel vaccines. Therefore, careful attention to food and beverages, recreational activities, contact with animals and mosquito avoidance can reduce the risk of contracting many illnesses. Your travel doctor can make sure you are prepared in advance of your departure.
- Health authorities do not recommend a cholera vaccine.
- Chloroquine is not an effective anti-malaria agent in India.