If you’re planning on travelling to the Indian sub-continent you will need to ensure that you have had all of the necessary vaccinations, or that you have the appropriate immunity. For anyone who works in London, Broadgate GP London Wall offers the full range of travel vaccines, not just for India, but for travel to any country, anywhere in the world.
India is becoming a more popular business destination. Many UK businesses now source products and services from India, and more and more UK business men and women are travelling there as a result. If your company is planning on sending you there, you will need to have the appropriate vaccinations for India. All of which can be provided by Broadgate GP.
Wherever you are travelling abroad to India, you should first ensure that all primary courses of vaccinations and boosters that you would normally expect to have for living here in the UK are up to date. When travelling to India, in addition to “home” immunity, the diseases you may need travel vaccines administering for include:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now officially designated India as being polio free. However, in order to keep its polio free status, as from 1st March 2014 they decided that any travellers who come from countries where polio is still prevalent must have an oral polio vaccination (OPV).
India has very specific requirement regarding immunity to Yellow Fever, and in particular bringing the disease into the country. They have therefore developed certain vaccination certificate requirements which are both specific and lengthy. In order to unsure your compliance with these rules, we recommend making sure you comply with all of the WHO regulations to ensure you’re fully protected.
To make that there is a sufficient length of time in which to analyze your immunity to any of the diseases you may encounter in India, and where appropriate, to receive any appropriate travel vaccines, you should call in at the travel clinic here at Broadgate GP. The best time frame is approximately 6 to 8 weeks before your departure date. This is to ensure there will be sufficient time to administer any vaccinations (you may need a course of vaccinations) and allow time for them to become fully active, and provide complete protection.
Dengue Fever is another disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes in parts of India. If you are travelling to regions where risk is high, you ought to take the same precautions as mentioned under the paragraph above on Malaria, in order to avoid being bitten.
The mosquitoes carrying the Dengue Fever virus tend to bite during the day. They are more common in urban areas. The symptoms of Dengue Fever include things like fever, headache, severe joint, bone and muscular pain – which give the disease its other name – ‘break-bone fever’. Prevention is best brought about by avoiding being bitten.
Travelling in parts of India carries the risk of Malaria. The risk is highest in the North-Eastern provinces including those of Assam and Orissa. In most other areas, the risk is relatively low. The majority of travellers do not need to worry about taking anti-malarial tablets (these can be obtained from Broadgate GP if required). For some groups of visitors (particularly for anyone on protracted stays) including anyone with medical conditions, those suffering from compromised immune systems, and anyone whose has had their spleen removed; anti-malarial tablets are recommended.
It is wise to take precautions to avoid being bitten by disease carrying mosquitoes. Ensuring any exposed areas of skin are covered by wearing long sleeved clothes, and long trousers; particularly after sunset will help to prevent being bitten. The use of insect repellent on areas of exposed skin is recommended, as is sleeping under a mosquito net.
If you have sufficient time before you travel to India, Broadgate GP London recommends that you should consult with us approximately 6 to 8 weeks before you are due to travel. This will allow plenty of time for you to be assessed in terms of which travel vaccines you need to have, and give them plenty of time to be administered and become fully protective. If time doesn’t allow a full 6 to 8 weeks, then simply visit our walk-in clinic and we’ll be happy to assist.