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1. Posted by Angel-OZ (Budding Member 4 posts) 51w

Hi
I'm planning to travel to South India from Australia with my daughter in January and need advice on travel diseases prevention.
Thanks!
Angelika

2. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 432 posts) 51w

Every traveler could give you their own personal medical travel philosophy (Bushman's or maleria tablets, typhoid vaccination, hepatitis B vaccination etc) but all of it is biased. The best advice will most likely come from your own GP or at least a doctor. Enjoy India!

3. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 499 posts) 51w

Yes, please check with your physician. But here are two helpful Web sites:

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pubhlth-strateg-quaranti-index.htm

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/Travel

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 51w

Never drink the water, and be careful of anything that may have been washed in it, for example salads. Also beware of food that has been standing around for a long time, such as buffet food in large hotels. Make sure any food you eat is piping hot.

5. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 499 posts) 51w

A few more things. Use hand sanitizer. This is very important. Wear long-sleeves, particularly at dawn and dusk; and whenever you are in shaded areas. That will help protect against mosquito and other insect bites. Prevention is key to healthy traveling.

6. Posted by Angel-OZ (Budding Member 4 posts) 51w

Hi guys
Thank you so much for your advices! So what the safest places to eat over there? Also what kind of food? We are vegetarians so meat and fish are out which makes life hopefully easier a bit???
I'm very sensitive to mosquitos - they love me! Will do necessary vaccinations for them...
Angelika

7. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 499 posts) 51w

You won't have any difficulty in finding vegetarian food in South India. There is plenty of it. The food is delicious. Take the advice of bex76. Eat food that is piping hot. There is no vaccine to protect you from malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya (all borne by mosquitos). While there is medication to help prevent malaria, there is no guarantee that you will not contract it. The best prevention is to cover up and/or use insect repellent. In many developing countries, food sometimes is prepared once a day. So food in the evening could be hours old. Find places where food is cooked fresh, preferably before your eyes. There is no need to be paranoid about the food and water. Use common sense. If you are sensitive to mosquitos, bring an antihistamine to lessen the itching and swelling. Your dermatologist can prescribe a stronger one. I always carry some. Hope this helps.

P.S. I can't stress enough how important it is to use hand sanitizer. Sometimes it's not the food that's contaminated, but your hands. Sanitation can be poor in many countries, including the U.S. (I volunteer in a hospital and shudder at the number of people who use the lavatory and don't wash their hands afterward). India's government recently has pledged to spend more money building latrines than temples. So wash your hands and use sanitizer before you chow down. That's prevention at its best.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Oct-2015, at 09:29 by berner256 ]

8. Posted by Angel-OZ (Budding Member 4 posts) 51w

Thank you Berber 256! Good advises. ;)

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10. Posted by ceejay1682 (Budding Member 2 posts) 51w

hey i lives in south india, if you are visiting kerala in my opinion you dont have to take a lot of precautions. but if you are visiting tamil nadu, karnataka, you will have to be careful about malaria, cholera, hepatitis etc. and the list goes on. always eat from the vegetarian restuarants , most of the veg. restaurants in south india are pretty safe to eat and only serve fresh food be in tamily nadu or karnataka. however, non-veg food, you cant assume the same and you need to be so careful. and if you are visiting kochi mosquitoes will definitely have a good time sucking your blood. Only drink mineral water that too the following brands, aquafina, bisleri, kinley, himalayan etc. Also never drink juices from local shops as they add unpurified water in to it.
PS. since you are visiting south during the months of january you will be more safe as all these diseases spread during the months of feb- may when the temperature is too high. in january you can except somewhat moderate temperature n will usually be free from diseases