Too late to get Vaccinations...advice to stay healthy?
Michael221
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#1
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Too late to get Vaccinations...advice to stay healthy?

Hello,

I'm flying to India this Friday, Nov 17th. A friend this past weekend asked me if I got any shots for the trip. Honestly, I didn't realize that was something I needed to do.

So today I went to the doctor's office to obtain recommended vaccinations. Basically, they told me because I'm leaving in a few days, it didn't make sense to get any of the vaccinations, because they won't take affect for about two weeks. And by then, I'll be leaving India to come back to the US.

They did recommend Malaria pills...but that didn't make sense to me, since I'll be in Mumbai, Varanasi, and Bangalore...all places where the risk of malaria is very low.

Anyway, these are the ones that were recommended by WHO:

Adult diphtheria and tetanus vaccine.
Hepatitis A vaccine.
Hepatitis B vaccine.
Oral polio vaccine (OPV)
Typhoid vaccine.
Varicella vaccine.
Japanese encephalitis vaccine.
Meningococcal vaccine.
Influenza

I understand that I should have taken care of this weeks ago...but honestly, like I said, I had no idea this was a thing. I've traveled to China, Tibet, Peru, and Bolivia...and never had any trouble.

So, for a 33 year old male in good health, any recommendations you would give to make sure I stay in good health while I'm in India?

Thank you!

~Michael

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#2
| Clueless

Originally posted by: Michael221 View Post



Anyway, these are the ones that were recommended by WHO:

Adult diphtheria and tetanus vaccine.
Hepatitis A vaccine.
Hepatitis B vaccine.
Oral polio vaccine (OPV)
Typhoid vaccine.
Varicella vaccine.
Japanese encephalitis vaccine.
Meningococcal vaccine.
Influenza


Some of these you might have taken in various stages of growing up. Instead of WHO list, which is recommended; Ask your primary health care provider; or your parents; or your School; any of these responsible for vaccinating you in your childhood.
#3
| Senior Member
Wash your hands a lot and eat at busy places.Avoiding meat might help. Also try to avoid getting bitten by mossies,or anything really.Be careful but not paranoid .
Happy travels India is a great place to visit.
All the best Simon.
#4
| Loud Noisy Bird
My wife said to me today, "There's a lot of fever about, so be careful!"

What, am I supposed to send samples to a lab every time somebody breathes near me?

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Thanks for the tips ya'll! Ok, yeah...I think I'm going to go straight vegetarian for the entire time I'm there...and ONLY eat foods that are completely cooked, and only water from sealed water bottles that haven't been broken.

I'll also make sure to wear lots of mosquito repellent the entire time I'm there and wash my hands a bunch, including bringing some hand sanitizer with me...and some pepto bismol in case I do eat something that doesn't agree with my digestive system.

Hopefully this does the trick to keep myself healthy!
#6
| Maha Guru Member
As already noted, several of these are things you should have gotten on a regular schedule, if you have any regular medical care. You waited until your trip to India to consider getting a polio vaccine?
#7
| Humble Genius

Originally posted by: Michael221 View Post

any recommendations you would give to make sure I stay in good health while I'm in India?

Thank you!

~Michael


Don't go near rusted fences , accidentally brushing against them can result in tetanus - that safely rules out anything the ASI takes care of.

Have a great trip.
#8
| Loud Noisy Bird

Too late to get Vaccinations...advice to stay healthy?

Tetanus germ lives in soil. I am not absolutely sure, but I think that the association with rust is mistake or a myth.

It is also international. Even visiting your own garden calls for tetanus innoculatuon
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#9
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: Nick-H View Post

Tetanus germ lives in soil. I am not absolutely sure, but I think that the association with rust is mistake or a myth.
Indeed it is a myth, a false correlation. Any damage to skin allows an entry point for tetanus. Stepping on a shiny new nail is also dangerous, but most nails one might step on are rusted, so one falsely concludes that "rust causes tetanus". Fences are less of a problem, rusted or otherwise, because they are above the soil.

It's similar to the false correlation "feeling cold causes one to catch a cold". Indeed cold/flu germs are more active in winter, but whether you are wearing a sweater makes no difference.
#10
| Maha Guru Member
Eat lots of Indian meat preparations, tasty and will improve your morale and therefore your resistance. Washing often is good, though gems can grow on soap. Those small hotel bars are wonderful for use and leave behind at the sink. Bottled water is good although it is refilled and resealed in many countries. Hand sanitizer as long as it contains 60% or more of alcohol, not old bottles lying around which are dilute hand lotion. When you get back chrisakes get your basic vaccinations Tetanus, etc..
#11
| Senior Member
After speaking with a knowledgeable doctor, practicing in India for decades, Sorbonne-educated, I advise my visitors NOT to get vaccinations, except to have tetanus up to date. Their side effects are not worth the minimal protection they offer.
I do advise assiduous mosquito protection - repellent, bed net, long sleeves, etc. -- because ONE bite can cause malaria, dengue, chikengunya, and/or zika. Few places in India are entirely safe from this threat. I have never taken antimalarials but some people do, once a week -- once known as "Sunday Sunday" pills. Better to avoid being bitten: use ceiling fans on high settings. Mozzies are most active at dawn and dusk.
Hand-washing, with soap, is always a good idea, especially before and after eating, and after toileting. I tell parents to teach children to stop touching their faces; be conscious of where you are putting your hands. I use hand sanitizer on spoons, when their cleanliness is doubtful-- but I mostly eat with my (clean) hands, so this is usually moot. Travel-style personal chopsticks may be a good idea. Carry a clean bandanna for polishing cutlery, dishes, etc. if in doubt.
Many hotels now offer good filters where a personal water bottle may be refilled, avoiding contributing to the ubiquitous Bisleri trash problem. But ask when it was last serviced. Many areas have mineral-rich water that can clog filters in a month. We had to install a huge pre-filter on ours.
Then, don't worry, be happy, and enjoy beautiful India!
Kathy
"Real Happiness Lies in Making Others Happy" - Avatar Meher Baba
#12
| Senior Member

Originally posted by: edwardseco View Post

Eat lots of Indian meat preparations, tasty and will improve your morale and therefore your resistance. Washing often is good, though gems can grow on soap. Those small hotel bars are wonderful for use and leave behind at the sink. Bottled water is good although it is refilled and resealed in many countries. Hand sanitizer as long as it contains 60% or more of alcohol, not old bottles lying around which are dilute hand lotion. When you get back chrisakes get your basic vaccinations Tetanus, etc..

Brings back memories of my college Microbiology class, where one of the media for growing cultures was bars of soap. Colonies grew on regular bar soap quickly, but not on antibacterial soap like Dial. (Do not ever read reports from people who had their (clean) kitchens swabbed by a microbiologist, the results are invariably disgusting!) There is a recent viral meme about how hot-air hand-dryers collect fecal bacteria and spray it on your hands...
Kathy
"Real Happiness Lies in Making Others Happy" - Avatar Meher Baba
#13
| Member
This is all incredible advice...thank you all so much! I feel confident that as long as I stay consciously clean...and wear lots of insect repellant, I'll be fine.
#14
| Maha Guru Member
There is a recent viral meme about how hot-air hand-dryers collect fecal bacteria and spray it on your hands...


So true:). It really cuts down the work of the attendants though. Never heard of a once a week malarial. Usually its too powerful of stuff for that and should not be used by the uninformed. I tend to go with repellent now and don't go in nasty season if avoidable..
#15
| Loud Noisy Bird

Too late to get Vaccinations...advice to stay healthy?

Refresh your memory! And mine, when you get it. One of the long-standing anti-malarials is/was a weekly. But I forget it's name.
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