India, Asia

Malaria Risk and Vaccination Information for India

What is the risk of malaria in India?

High Risk Areas: There is a risk of malaria sufficiently high to require anti-malarial tablets in the states of Assam and Orissa; the districts of East Godavari, Srikakulam, Vishakhapatnam and Vizianagaram in the state of Andhra Pradesh; and the districts of Balaghat, Dindori, Mandla and Seoni in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Here you will require Malarone, Doxycycline or Lariam.


Low to No Risk Areas: For the rest of India including Goa, the risk is not high enough to warrant antimalarial tablets for most travellers. However, it may be considered for certain people who are at higher risk, such as those working for charities in rural areas, visiting friends or relatives, those with certain medical conditions, those who are immunocompromised or those without a spleen, pregnant women and the elderly. If you do choose to take antimalarials in these areas you will need to take Paludrine AND Avloclor or one of the prescription only antimalarials.

Also if you are travelling overland between areas, you may be passing through areas of greater risk and tablets may be needed.

There is no risk in the Lakshadweep islands.

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 to get 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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