how far in advance do I need to get my immunizations?

#1 Mar 27th, 2010, 01:44
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My life has been an swirling abyss of uncertainty lately - I'm hoping to go to India in June, but do not have tickets yet or immunizations. I do have my visa, though!

Do I need to get my shots in advance for them to "work"? If so, how far in advance?

More generally, is it ridiculous to plan a trip to India at such short notice? The last two times I hoped to go, I couldn't, so if possible I'd like to actually do it this time.

Thanks.
#2 Mar 27th, 2010, 03:08
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I've made my last two trips finally deciding only at really short notice. That's obviously stressful (visa, vaccines, whatnot. Not to mention flight prices going up. My last visa I picked up the day before leaving -- you'll obviously have a problem there if for some reason it didn't come through.)

On your shots, it just depends. But some require to kick in and/or to take a series of them yes. I think my Dutch health services recommend looking into it three weeks before departure, at least.

I'd recommend you just check with your health services, preferably a travel health clinic, or doctor specialized in the same.

Note those shots usually cover quite a period (as in years), so there's normally really no reason not to get them a little early.

(btw June isn't that nearby, no? What more time do you want? Just don't do as I do, and so try and have your stuff arranged a little before. Just saves you from having to give it another thought.)
#3 Mar 27th, 2010, 03:17
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Chico

Here are the vaccine recommendations from the CDC

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/india.aspx

You should give yourself at least 3-4 weeks. Some require more than one shot or can't be taken together. See a travel medicine doctor. Your regular doctor won't know as much. You could also start first with your local health department, since they will offer some of the recommended ones.

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