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What vaccinations do I need to travel to India?

Page last updated 13 November 2018

All travellers should be up-to-date with their routine vaccinations before heading off to India.

These vaccines include vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, chicken pox, polio and influenza. For a full list, refer to the National Immunisation Program – available here 

Most travellers

There is an increased risk of contracting hepatitis A and typhoid in India, both of which can be contracted through contaminated food or water. 

Some travellers

Depending on where you are staying and what activities you have planned, the following vaccinations may be recommended for you by your doctor:

  • Cholera (recommended for those who are visiting friend’s and/or relatives, or travelling for humanitarian aid work in disaster areas)
  • Hepatitis B 
  • Japanese encephalitis 
  • Rabies (due to the number of wild dogs roaming the country) 
  • Malaria 

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Sources & Citations

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018 Yellow Book Traveler’s Health India. Available at: [accessed 10 May 2018]
  2. Australian Immunisation Handbook, 3.2 Vaccination for international travel. Available at: [accessed 10 May 2018]

SPANZ.SPAS.18.04163a - Date of preparation July 2018