Health management for the parents of NRI's - medECUBE

Health Advisory before travelling to India:


Every one travelling to India must educate themselves of current health issues in India. You can visit various websites for example to find out more.

Whereas some vaccines are required to travel to India there is also a list of recommendations.


List of vaccines required:

  • Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR): Given to anyone unvaccinated and/or born after 1957. One time adult booster recommended.
  • TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis): Only one adult booster of pertussis required.
  • Chickenpox: Given to those unvaccinated that did not have chickenpox.
  • Shingles: Vaccine can still be given if you have had shingles.
  • Pneumonia: Two vaccines given seperately. All 65+ or immunocompromised should receive both.
  • Influenza: Vaccine components change annually.
  • Meningitis: Given to anyone unvaccinated or at an increased risk, especially students.

The following are the vaccine recommendations:

  • Hepatitis A: Recommended for most travellers
  • Hepatitis B: Accelerated schedule available
  • Typhoid: Shot lasts 2 years. Oral vaccine lasts 5 years, must be able to swallow pills. Oral doses must be kept in refrigerator.
  • Cholera: A risk for travellers throughout India. Avoid swimming in popular rivers or streams as cholera may be present. Vaccination is recommended for some travellers.
  • Yellow Fever: Required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • Japanese Encephalitis: Recommended for all regions except: Dadra, Daman, Diu, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Meghalaya, Nagar Haveli, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Sikkim.
  • Rabies: High risk country. Vaccine recommended for long-term travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.
  • Polio: May be required if arriving from countries with active transmission. Recommended for some travellers to the region. Single adult booster recommended.
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