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To get the maximum benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines and medicines to take effect.

Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in India, the government requires travellers arriving from countries where yellow fever is present to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. If you will be travelling to one of the countries where yellow fever is prevalent before arriving in India, this requirement must be taken into consideration.

Vaccinations

Vaccine recommendations are based on the best available risk information. Please note that the level of risk for vaccine-preventable diseases can change at any time.

Routine vaccinations

Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine etc.

Hepatitis A or Immune Globulin (IG)

Recommended for all unvaccinated people travelling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of Hepatitis A virus infection where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related Hepatitis A can also occur in travellers to developing countries with "standard" tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviours.

Hepatitis B

Recommended for all unvaccinated people travelling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission, especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment.

Typhoid

Recommended for all unvaccinated people travelling to or working in South Asia, especially if visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas and staying with friends or relatives where exposure might occur through food or water.

Rabies

Recommended for travellers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas or involved in activities such as cycling, camping, or hiking. Also recommended for travellers with significant occupational risks (such as veterinarians), for long-term travellers and expatriates living in areas with a significant risk of exposure, and for travellers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats, carnivores, and other mammals. Children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with animals, may receive more severe bites, or may not report bites.

Japanese encephalitis

Recommended if you plan to visit rural farming areas and under special circumstances, such as a known outbreak of Japanese encephalitis.

Polio

Recommended for adult travellers who have received a primary series with either inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) or oral polio vaccine (OPV). They should receive another dose of IPV before departure. For adults, available data do not indicate the need for more than a single lifetime booster dose with IPV.

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