Travel itineraries range from a short trip to the golden triangle – Dehli, Agra ( Taj Mahal) and Jaipur, a month spent meditating in an Ashram, a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala, a trek in the Himalayas, the beaches of Goa, a tour of the rambling palaces and forts of Rajistan, aid work in poor rural villiages or tiger spotting in the national parks. Each itinerary carries its own health risks.
The following information provides some broad and general guidelines about health risks and recommendations for travel to India.It should not be taken as a substitute for a personal consultation with one of our travel health doctors, whose advice will be specific for you and your trip and may include some things not mentioned here.
Most Common Health Issues
Travellers’ Diarrhoea, Giardia and Dysentery
Observe strict food and water safety precautions. Take a water filter and well stocked kit with guidelines for treatment.
Dengue fever and Chikungunya
Both preventable by taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites, particularly during the daytime in urban areas.
Risk of this mosquito born parasite depends on your itinerary and the season . The need for preventative medication should be discussed with one of our doctors.
Animal Bites and Wounds
India is thought to have more cases of rabies than any other country in the world. Consider pre-travel vaccination well before travel. Thoroughly flush/disinfect animal wounds and seek prompt medical care after animal bites and scratches.
May be an issue for those going to the Himalayas – advice should be sought prior to travel.
Dehydration and heat stroke
Ensure adequate hydration and rest /cooling to treat.
Security and other general travel issues
Keep an eye on the Australian Government’s website: smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/asia/south/pages/india.aspx
As well as being up to date for routine childhood vaccines such as tetanus, measles and hepatitis B, the following vaccines are often recommended – Hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, cholera and influenza. Decisions regarding which are most appropriate depend on duration and nature of travel, itinerary, age and underlying medical conditions. These and other issues will be discussed during your consultation.