Ouch! Yes, there are inoculations that you need to get for safe travel in India. We will be in country for 4 months which is probably different than a week or two touring. David and I went today to start the process. He needed only Typhoid because this is his third trip . His university pays for his shots because he is working (teaching) in India. I have to pay for mine, myself as I am just a tourist. I have been saving up so it is not a surprise. I needed a Typhoid booster, and another for Japanese Encephalitis (mosquito borne in rural areas of Asia), and 3 very expensive Rabies Vaccines. Last time I didn’t have time to get the three preventative Rabies shots and I went unprotected. And as many of you know, I love the animals. Thankfully I was fine. Taking these three preventative shots insures I won’t die if infected but if I am bitten or even scratched, I have to have additional treatment. My doctor encouraged me strongly to take them before going this time.
The CDC, that has been in the news lately, has a website with all sorts of information and recommendation for traveling and health. Here is Sarah’s information for anyone who will be travelling overseas and going from the Albany area.
Safari Health, Sarah Schoof, FNP http://www.SafariHealthNP.com 518.439.0762
Sarah is also the Director of the Free Clinic at the Albany Rescue Mission.
It is possible to visit a developing country and stay well. I , Anne Bell good citizen followed Sarah’s directions for eating, drinking, and hygiene to the tiniest details. I have had food poisoning several times in my life, and it is nasty, particularly the pain which lasts for 4 days. That was a huge deterrent for me to be careless in India. I think I will save those details for another day !
This is the first step in preparation as I renewed my passport in the summer. It is starting to hit me that in about 6 weeks, if all goes as planned, we will be back in incredible India!
I would love to hear your thoughts.