Preparations for India include vaccinations. It took a while to track down the Japanese Encephalitis vaccine because it is not available in the state of Missouri, but can be ordered. We were able to arrange to get the vaccine in Lees Summit, Missouri, but it was pricey at $321 each for a two-shot course of treatment.
Japanese encephalitis, or JE virus, is carried by mosquitoes, pigs, and some birds. Humans can get it from a simple mosquito bite. For this reason, Elder Aldridge took mosquito repellant with him too. When people do get this terrible disease, the fatality rate is about 25%, so it’s important to be vaccinated before traveling.
Here’s the link to the CDC site that tells more about JE virus: http://www.cdc.gov/japaneseencephalitis/
Elder Aldridge was also vaccinated against Typhoid. Although there are a few thousand cases in the US each year, most of them are acquired during international travel. World-wide, there are still over 21 million cases each year! The Typhoid bacteria lives in humans, but can be passed through water (by drinking it or washing in it), food, or directly from people. We opted for the new oral vaccine, which is effective for at least 5 years compared to the old injections that only last 2 years.
Here’s the link to the CDC site that explains how to avoid Typhus and how the vaccines work: