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Should I get hepatitis A or hepatitis B vaccines before I travel to India?

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

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

If you haven't been vaccinated for it already, you should get the vaccine before you go.

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

From: Vaccines for Travel to India WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Traveler's Health: Health Information for Travelers to India" and "Traveler's Health: Infectious Diseases Related to Travel."

National Network for Immunization Information: "Measles Outbreak Shows Disease Still a Threat;" "More Travelers Should Get Typhoid Shots, CDC Says;" "Yellow Fever;" "Typhoid Fever;" and "Immunizations When Moving or Traveling Abroad."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Traveler's Health: Health Information for Travelers to India" and "Traveler's Health: Infectious Diseases Related to Travel."

National Network for Immunization Information: "Measles Outbreak Shows Disease Still a Threat;" "More Travelers Should Get Typhoid Shots, CDC Says;" "Yellow Fever;" "Typhoid Fever;" and "Immunizations When Moving or Traveling Abroad."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

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