Planning on spending several weeks in both Vietnam and India what travel needles and pills are recommended...malaria tablets ....
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 5 years ago
well said Jarrod, great advice.
Gord, if you want some more advice have a look at http://www.is-india-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 5 years ago