India, Asia

Malaria Risk and Vaccination Information for India

What is the risk of malaria in India?


High Risk Areas – Risk is highest in the states of Meghalaya, Mizoram North and South Chhattisgarh, Orissa, the district of Amini in Arunachal Pradesh and the city of Mangalore. In some areas the risk is considered low enough to not require antimalarial medication however it may be considered by travellers at higher risk or with higher risk itineraries such as long stays in rural areas, those visiting or staying with friends and relatives, travellers with medical conditions or those with a compromised immune system. These areas are Central Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh. These areas can be seen on the malaria map on Fit for Travel via the link below.


All other areas, including Goa, are considered Low to No Risk. This includes the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and southern Andhra Pradesh including Hyderabad, in the northern states of Rajasthan (including Jaipur), Uttar Pradesh (including Agra), Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, Uttarakhand and Kashmir. The cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Nagpur, Nasik and Pune.

 

Antimalarials are advised in India if visiting any high risk areas. Please remember to also follow the bite avoidance measures below in all areas. Malaria is still present in low risk areas even if they are low risk.

Please check the FitforTravel malaria map of India (a NHS website).

What Malaria prophylaxis do I need to prevent malaria in India?

High Risk Areas

For the high risk areas in India mentioned above you can order any of the below anti-malaria medicine.

Atovaquone/Proguanil Generic Alternative to Malarone

Malarone Tablets

Malarone Children's Tablets (for Children under 40kg weight)

Doxycycline Capsules

Lariam Tablets (Mefloquine 250mg)


We only dispense genuine UK licensed medicines.

What else can I do to prevent malaria?

Alongside medication, avoiding being bitten by mosquitoes and insects is the most effective way of preventing malaria. This includes mosquito deterrents and mosquito nets. For more information and advice on how to prevent malaria, see our How To Avoid Insect & Mosquito Bites page.

What Vaccines do I need for India?

Below is a table designed to show you what vaccines are mandatory, recommended or ones to consider when visiting India:


Cholera

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Japanese Encephalitis

Meningitis

Rabies

Con

Rec

Con

Con

 

Con

 

Tetanus

Tick Borne Encephalitis

 

Typhoid

 

Yellow Fever Vaccine

Rec

  

Rec

  

Man = Mandatory

Con = Consider

Rec = Recommended

Req = Required if visiting from area with risk of transmission



 

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