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What shots do I need for South Asia?

If you are traveling to South Asia, there is a good chance you'll need some shots. The shots you need will depend on (a) what part of South Asia, (b) how long you're staying, (c) what you will be doing while there, and (d) your immunization and medical history. 

South Asia vaccine checklist

Japanese encephalitis and typhoid in South Asia

Typhoid and Japanese encephalitis are the two most frequently recommended vaccines for travel to South Asia. Both of these vaccines are safe and effective. Both of the diseases they protect against are deadly or disabling. 

Typhoid vaccine: This vaccine provides protection from typhoid fever which is mainly spread through contaminated water. You can choose from an oral vaccine or an injection. Typhoid can be treated with antibiotics but extremely drug-resistant typhoid has become prevalent in Pakistan and other areas.

Japanese encephalitis vaccine: This vaccine protects against Japanese encephalitis virus which is spread by mosquitoes. 

JE and typhoid
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You may need malaria pills too

There is currently no vaccine in the U.S. for malaria but there are drugs you can take to help prevent malaria. Talk to a travel health specialist about your options. Whether you need to take malaria pills really depends on where you go and what you're doing while there.   

Map shows 2020 rate of malaria deaths from Malaria Atlas Project

malaria pills

Talk to a travel health nurse 

Perhaps the most important thing when preparing for you travels is to consult with one of our highly trained and experienced travel health nurses in your area so that you can get (a) expert health advice and (b) the correct vaccinations and medications for your trip. 

talk to a travel health nurse
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