In about three weeks I go to Bangalore, a kind of Palo Alto in the very heart of India, for work reasons. A week with the laptop on top among technological Hindus and then another on vacation, probably by Kerala or Tamil Nadul where I have not yet set foot and I'm dying. By the way, any recommendations?
As usual, I'm always late. Yesterday I called to make an appointment at the outpatient to get the relevant vaccinations and they gave me time for next month. That is, to take them once back and avoid the epidemics of typhus that apparently are seen daily in Barcelona ...
About three years ago I was traveling through India among other countries and I was already punctured and introduced to my body the anti-Hepatitis A + B virus, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, meningitis, tetanus, influenza and typhus.
I called a medical consultation service and explained the case to see if I needed any vaccination in the style of a reminder. I have been told that both hepatitis and tetanus last 10 years, vaccination against meningitis has an effect of five years for adults and typhoid lasts three years. I haven't asked about the flu because I catch it every year and sometimes twice.
To be sure I thought I would need a dose of typhus to go quiet. The normal option would have been to ask any family doctor for consultation but I have tried the fast route: As the vaccination against typhoid, unlike the others, is done orally I have gone to the pharmacy and I have asked the lady for a box of pills for typhus. As is, just as it is. An old woman waiting for her ration of pills by my side has looked at me strangely. I think it would have felt better to hear me ask for a box of condoms or to be plasticized before such a thing.
I was hoping to find a refusal from the pharmacist but fortunately he has nodded and, as if he were asking for a box of gelocatiles, he immediately removed a splendid Vivotif box from the counter. Eight euros, three pills to take me on alternate days and goodbye to typhus. Still it is advisable not to drink water that is not bottled and avoid drinks with ice.
I will tell you about my executive adventure for India later!
For more information on vaccines and other medical information for trips to Asian countries you can consult them in Pachinko