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trip, prevent insect animal bites, altitude illness, sunburns,
India Travel Information, Health Care, Vaccination, Health
Tips, Medicine, medical help, staying healthy, during trip,
prevent, insect bites, animal bites, altitude illness,
sunburns, India Travel Information
Health Care and Vaccination | Health Tips | Medicine, medical help,
staying healthy during trip, prevent insect animal bites, altitude
illness, sunburns, India Travel Information, Health Care, Vaccination,
Health Tips, Medicine, medical help, staying healthy, during trip,
prevent, insect bites, animal bites, altitude illness, sunburns, India
Medicine and Medical Help
Bring your own medicines
if you are taking any.
Brand names may differ as
all medicines are manufactured locally.
If you ever need a doctor,
please ask the hotel to recommend one.
Most hotels have some
physicians on call at all times.
Please consult Public
Health Services and / or your physician for their current
Review your health
insurance policies / coverage if you are covered for overseas
treatment, hospitalization and medical evacuation.
Staying Healthy During Your Trip
Many diseases, like
malaria and dengue, are spread through insect bites.
Using insect repellent
(bug spray) with 30%-50% DEET. Picaridin, available in 7% and 15%
concentrations, needs more frequent application.
Animal Bites and Scratches
Direct contact with
animals can spread diseases like rabies or cause serious injury or
It is important to prevent
animal bites and scratches.
Be sure you are up to date
with tetanus vaccination.
Do not touch or feed any
animals, including dogs and cats.
Even animals that look
like healthy pets can have rabies or other diseases.
Help children stay safe by
supervising them carefully around all animals.
If you are bitten or
scratched, wash the wound well with soap and water and go to a doctor
about Food and Water
Diseases from food and
water are the leading cause of illness in travelers.
Drink only bottled or
boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles.
Avoid tap water, fountain
drinks, and ice cubes.
Do not eat food purchased
from street vendors.
Avoid dairy products,
unless you know they have been pasteurized.
Altitude Illness and Sunburn
If you visit the Himalayan
Mountains, ascend gradually to allow time for your body to adjust to
the high altitude, which can cause insomnia, headaches, nausea, and
altitude illness. If you experience these symptoms descend to a lower
altitude and seek medical attention. Untreated altitude illness can be
Use sun block rated at least 15 SPF, especially at high altitudes,
where the risk of sunburn is greater.
To avoid infections such
as HIV and viral hepatitis, do not share needles for tattoos, body
piercing, or injections.
To reduce the risk of HIV
and other sexually transmitted diseases always use latex condoms.
To prevent fungal and
parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot,
especially on beaches where animals may have defecated.