Vaccinations in Delhi.

#1 Oct 22nd, 2015, 10:13
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I know. We should get our vaccinations beforehand. Living in the US with crappy health insurance is going to set me and my wife back literally hundreds (if not over a thousand) dollars. So, we are flying (one way) to Delhi in Feb and are staying for 5 months. Not quite sorted out our itinerary but we want to do as much as possible and also visit Nepal and Sri Lanka.
So... we are looking to get our shots in Delhi. My questions are:
What shots are a must in your opinion?
Is there any recommendations of clinics/hospitals to get the shots done?
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I ain't that kind of doctor but here it goes:
Tetanus, Typhoid, Hep A & B, Flu.
I presume you already have the first & last.
There are more of marginal value, Dukoral, Rabies, Meningitis, JE, Plague (hey I got that don't laugh, I was a newbie) and in a modest number of cases these are great (incoming fire expected). Note that most of these take time to become effective!
Apollo Hospital..
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Originally Posted by leeandheidi View Post My questions are:
What shots are a must in your opinion?
Is there any recommendations of clinics/hospitals to get the shots done?
What shots did you get as a child ? This is best answered by a Tropical Medicine expert. Some travel immunizations are not covered by any health insurance.

I think SF local government has reasonable charges for their clinic if you are a resident - http://www.sfcdcp.org/aitcprices.html or check the status with UCSF.
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post Plague (hey I got that don't laugh, I was a newbie)
You got plague? Wow! I think that I read that it has not been eradicated in USA?

Plague! I bet that trumps the after-dinner disease-list sharing. Beats malaria or dengue an day.

I didn't think it was a danger in India... but I don't know.
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There was a plague epidemic in Surat(and some surrounding areas) in 1994. Around 50 people died.
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There was a plague epidemic in Surat(and some surrounding areas) in 1994. Around 50 people died.
I like the like button, because it saves all those single-phrase answers... but it seems inappropriate to like that post, so...

Thanks for the information.

Do you happen to know how frequent reported attacks are here, or should I just ask google?
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I think Ed got the plague jab, not the plague itself. Yes, there was an epidemic in Surat but it was years ago.

I agree with Ed's advice. I went to Apollo in Delhi for some medical tests. A fraction of the price of the US< and it seems very up to date, at least as far as I would know. Very pricey by Indian standards but so much cheaper than the US that you won't mind. And it's so busy that I'm sure they've got all the immunizations in stock, well cooled, and ready to go.

Water-bourne diseases are much less common among travellers in India than they were 10 years ago, but it's worth getting immunizations for Hep A and Typhoid, which are the main water-bourne diseases that can be immunized for.

Tetanus, Heb B are all general shots that you may have gotten previously anyway, and are specific to particular situations, not water-borne, so they are not any likelier diseases for a traveller in India than at home in the US. But the shots will be much cheaper in India than in the US.

While you're at it, you can get full body check up at the Apollo for about $100, which includes over a dozen tests, each of which would cost more than that alone in the US. The Well Woman check includes pap smear, mammogram, ultrasound of the breast and abdomen, standard slew of blood tests that would reveal diabetes etc, urine test, stool test (you have to buy the containers at any pharmacy the day before and bring your samples), optional chest x-ray, pelvic exam, and consultation. If you want to do this, you have to sign up online and it fills up a few days ahead. http://www.apollohospdelhi.com/ and click around till you find the Health Checks.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I like the like button, because it saves all those single-phrase answers... but it seems inappropriate to like that post, so...

Thanks for the information.

Do you happen to know how frequent reported attacks are here, or should I just ask google?
That's the only time its happened in my lifetime, or in my parents lifetime.
The previous ones(that too only once or twice) had been during british rule.
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post ... during british rule.
Go on, blame the British!

(I'm joking, of course)



(And hey, maybe it was their fault: they did worse...)
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post That's the only time its happened in my lifetime, or in my parents lifetime.
The previous ones(that too only once or twice) had been during british rule.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Go on, blame the British!

(I'm joking, of course)



(And hey, maybe it was their fault: they did worse...)

My first thought was - Oh ! Nick only used the "Like" button once or twice during the British rule….


Sorry for that, Nick.

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I don't know if there is a lot of proof of plague in India prior to british rule(its not certain that the black death affected Asia).

The plague during the british rule is captured very vividly in lots of contemporary accounts.

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