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Planning on spending several weeks in both Vietnam and India what travel needles and pills are recommended...malaria tablets ....

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    It depends on your locations and itinerary. If you are staying in urban areas, you will likely be fine without any, but typhoid and hepatitis A are standard. You are more likely to get diarrhea or constipated than anything serious. Business travelers to India and Vietnam I work with rarely if ever take the time for immunizations outside the standard immunizations they already have--measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine or tetanus alone and the pliovirus vaccine.

    Hep A can be gotten through exposure through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with "standard" tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors. I suggest all Southeast Asian travelers are vaccinated for Hep A.

    For longer term travel, rural travel, work that might expose you to body fluids, or intensive time with locals like a possible amorous encounter, Hepatitis B is also recommended. Japanese encephalitis is also something you might want to consider for long stays in rural areas in Vietnam.

    Malaria is only a risk in certain areas. The link I've provided below also has a link to the CDC Malaria Map that can help you determine if you are traveling in an at-risk area. Malaria in certain places has specific drug resistance--so it is possible if you are trekking in Assam you will need a different malaria medication that you will require for boating on the Upper Mekong. The packing list below also has a lot of other more mundane health items you might want to consider . . . like fiber tablets.

    http://www.southeastasiatraveladvice.com/2011/01/southeast-asia-packing-list.html over 9 years ago

    Answered by Jarrod Brown via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    well said Jarrod, great advice.
    Gord, if you want some more advice have a look at http://www.is-india-safe.com/
    and http://www.is-vietnam-safe.com/
    If I were you I'd also take a trip to my doctor, and do it at least 6 weeks before you leave (some of the vaccine's need that long to take effect).
    Phil over 9 years ago

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