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June 12, 2011

The following is just my own understanding, so obviously do not use it as a guide, go see your doctor.

In my lack of travel experience one of the surprises I had was the visit to the doctor. To go to India, they recommend you get daily and weekly malaria tablets, cholera sachets and shots for the following:

  • Flu
  • Mumps, Measles, Rubella
  • Tetenus, Pertussis and Diphtheria
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatits B (three shots)
  • Typhoid
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Rabies (three shots)

That is a total of 13 shots. Yep, 13. And many hundreds of dollars.

Some of these are more important than others, many are optional. For example you are fairly unlikely to get Japanese Encephalitis, only a handful of travelers to India have been effected, but this chance increases if you are in agricultural areas, especially pig farms and rice paddies. But if you get it, there is no cure, according to my doctor, it’s ‘curtains close’ for you! Way to get me excited about my trip overseas!

Most of the diseases are carried by the mosquito, so the most important thing is to keep reapplying repellant, and have a mosquito net at night. And stay away from the cute monkeys, puppies, goats, kittens… They are not cute, if you get bitten you will have to have very painful injections into the wound or if you don’t, you will die. Again, another scary doctor story about a doctor dying from rabies in the brain. Puppies = death.

But when my arms and hip pocket stop hurting I will hopefully be invincible to all illness (except for all the shots I chose not to get…). I apologise in advance for reeking of repellant.

Image credit: http://www.bushman-repellent.com/images/media20-large.jpg

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