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    Vaccines for Travel to India

    When you start planning your trip to India and sit down to make a to-do list, put "call doctor for vaccine appointment" at the top of the list. Then don't put it off.

    According to the CDC, you need to start your immunizations at least four to six weeks before you plan to leave. That way the vaccines will have time to become effective. And you'll also be able to start taking preventive medicines for diseases that don't have vaccines, such as malaria.

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    Here's an overview of the vaccines you may need before you leave for India. Keep in mind that the actual vaccinations you need will be determined by several factors that you and your health care provider should review together.

    Deciding What Vaccines to Get

    To determine what vaccines you need, your health care provider will:

    • Consider your current health and health history
    • Review your immunization records
    • Evaluate your itinerary

    Then he or she will let you know exactly what vaccines you need and where you can get them.

    The list of vaccines will be based on:

    • Your health status
    • How current your immunizations are
    • Where you are planning to go in the countries you are visiting
    • What you're likely to do while you're there

    Staying Up to Date on U.S. Vaccines

    Your doctor will review your immunization record to make sure you are up to date on the standard vaccines and booster shots that people in the U.S. should have. That includes immunizations for:

    You'll also possibly need a tetanus booster shot. And it's important to make sure that your flu shot is current.

    Vaccines for India

    Here are vaccines you may need for travel to India:

    Hepatitis A . This disease can be transmitted through food and water. The risk for Hepatitis A in India is high. So, immunization is highly recommended.

    Hepatitis B. There is an intermediate risk for hepatitis B in India. Hepatitis B is a viral infection that can be transmitted by contact with blood and other bodily fluids. That means you could potentially be exposed through:

    • sexual activity
    • recreational drug use
    • being in an accident
    • receiving medical care

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