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Do we really need immunizations???

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Do we really need immunizations???

We live in the US; Do we really need to get immunizations for hepatitis a, typhoid, tetanus, malaria? (I know these are not required, but recommended) I will be going to mostly tourist areas with my 12 and 15 year old in late December, just 12 days in-country. Delhi-Agra-Jaipur. Please let me know if you are a healthcare professional. thanks

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1. Re: Do we really need immunizations???

Yes. I would never go anywhere without keeping jabs up to date. See your physician about this. Also anti-malaria prophylaxis is in pill form; you cannot get a jab to prevent malaria.

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2. Re: Do we really need immunizations???

Why do you take a risk?

Hep A&B is better since you will eat lots of oily stuff in India.Tetanus is better because who knows where you will have bruices or small cuts?

If you are staying in a 5 star hotels , then may be you can skip Malaria immunizations.

You can take these immunizations soon after landing in India too if you think these are expensive in your country.

Take care.

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3. Re: Do we really need immunizations???

We keep all the vaccs you mention up to date anyway, but certainly would not go to a country where they are recommended without having them.

As stated, anti-malarials are tablets, you appear to only be travelling only within the no/low risk areas, see map here fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/…india.htm so the choice is yours.

At the end of our trip we will only be spending 4 nights within the boundary of 'variable' risk but are opting to take the tablets for our other 10 days in the no/low risk areas (might as well). No-one tells an infected mozzy that they have been brought into the no/low risk area (perhaps hitching a ride in a tourist vehicle) therefore they mustn't infect anyone!

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4. Re: Do we really need immunizations???

Nine years ago my family spent 2 weeks in Delhi. We did not venture into rural areas. We all got the Hep A but not the Typhoid immunization as we thought the risk was low. We tookevery precaution possible. My 5 year old contracted Typhoid Fever. Although he recovered fine w/o antibiotics, it was a scary and horrible nightmare. Also, after his full recovery he was not permitted to attend school until the bug was completely out of his system, which took a couple of months. Better safe than sorry! Also - beware of vendors trying to sell bottled water that is actually filled with tap water - check the seal!!

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5. Re: Do we really need immunizations???

Hi. I volunteered in India for 2 months almost 2 years ago. I spent the entire time in rural areas in Southern India with the exception of 1 week in Goa. I did not get immunized for anything. The only thing I would say is don't drink the tap water. Also, I took along malarial medication just to be safe, but I only ended up taking 1 week supply. I would not worry about immunizing yourself. You may want to take malarial medication, I'm not sure how that area of India is for malaria. I was completely healthy and did not get sick even though I was in daily contact with slum folk and beggar children.

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