Vaccinations for India – What you need to know | Practio
Get a full list of the vaccines you need for India, and learn about the risk of diseases and the best ways to protect yourself while away.

Vaccinations for
India

As you are planning your trip to India, it is important to inform you about the required vaccinations for India and other health recommendations.


01. Vaccine list

We recommend you read through our list of official recommendations to determine what injections you may need for India.

The recommendations that apply to you, may depend on a variety of factors such as your medical background or the regions you will be visiting. Book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses for a personal assessment.

Most travellers

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival

Typhoid

2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers

Rabies

3 weeks before arrival*

Japanese encephalitis

2 weeks before arrival*

Hepatitis B

4 weeks before arrival*

Cholera

2 weeks before arrival

02. Other health risks in India

Throughout the country, there is a presence of other diseases that cannot be prevented with a travel vaccination for India. Please read the following safety recommendations.

Malaria

There is a high risk of malaria in India in north-eastern states of Meghalaya, Mizoram, district of Amini in Arunachal Pradesh, north and south Chhattisgarh, Orissa, the city of Mangalore, the districts of East Godavari, Srikakulam, Vishakhapatnam and Vizianagaram in the state of Andhra Pradesh, and the districts of Balaghat, Dindori, Mandla and Seoni in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Risk is also present in Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi (suburban areas), Varanasi, Goa, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

For these areas, antimalarials are recommended, but as there is drug resistant malaria in risk areas of India, you should get advice to make sure you get the most effective antimalarials for your trip.

In central Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh the risk is too low to warrant antimalarial tablets.

Risk free areas include high altitude areas (above 2000 metres) in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, Kashmir and Sikkim. The urban areas of New Delhi and Agra, and the Lakshadweep islands are also risk free.

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Zika

There is risk of zika in India, and pregnant women are therefore advised to consider avoid travelling there until after pregnancy.

Moreover, due to a recent case confirmed in Jaipur, Rajasthan, it is recommended that pregnant travellers wait with visiting Rajasthan until after their pregnancy.

As there is no vaccination or medication to prevent zika, meticulous mosquito bite prevention is recommended.

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Dengue

Cases of dengue have been reported in India, therefore there is a risk of transmission especially in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana and West Bengal.

The risk is present year-round in southern areas and from April to November in northern states.

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03. Precautions for India

It is important to take precautions during your stay in India, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.

Mosquitoes

There is a risk of malaria, dengue fever and zika in India, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.

Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites, as they are the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.

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Food and water

All travellers going to India should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A, which are all transmitted through contaminated food and water.

If you are visiting friends or relatives in India or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.

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04. Useful contacts in India

These are some of the most important services you may need while in India.

British Deputy High Commission Ahmedabad The British Deputy High Commission Ahmedabad can provide assistance while you are there. You can reach them 24 hours a day by calling +91 (11) 2419 2100.

Here are more useful regional contacts:

British Deputy High Commission Bengaluru +91 (11) 2419 2100 (reachable 24 hours a day for emergencies)

British Deputy High Commission Chandigarh +91 11 2419 2100

British Deputy High Commission Chennai +91 (11) 2419 2100 (reachable 24 hours a day for emergencies)

British Deputy High Commission Hyderabad +91 (11) 2419 2100 (reachable 24 hours a day for emergencies)

British Deputy High Commission Kolkata +91 (11) 2419 2100 (reachable 24 hours a day for emergencies)

British Deputy High Commission Mumbai +91 (22) 66502222

British High Commission New Delhi +91 (11) 2419 2100 (reachable 24 hours a day)

British Nationals Assistance Office Goa +91 22 6650 2200

Local emergency medical services For emergencies needing medical assistance, dial +91 112. This general emergency hotline will connect you to all and any necessary assistance. There is also a 112 smartphone application available for download.

Medical facilities and practitioners In the case that you may get ill while in India, it is important to have the relevant information readily available to find reputable medical help quickly. Here is a downloadable list of medical facilities and practitioners in India.

05. Checklist for your trip to India

  • Check if you need vaccinations Speak with one of our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel for advice on vaccinations for India

  • Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in India, including DEET insect repellent

  • Travel vaccination certificate Check if the travel vaccination certificate is required upon entry in India, as the requirements can change

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in India and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave

  • Note useful contact numbers Make a list of contacts to take with you to India, as these can be helpful in case of an emergency

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019

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