Thursday, May 15, 2008

Toddler Immunizations for India

Sicily had her 12th month check-up today. We have a wonderful pediatrician at a clinic of the National Children's Hospital, Dr. Nathalie Quion (great first name as well!). She reviewed the list of recommended immunizations for India and suggested that Sicily get one for Hepatitis A outside of the regularly scheduled immunizations for the U.S., unless her TB shot came back positive.

We discussed malaria and her opinion was that since we would be in a big city we should use preventative measures like bug spray and mosquito nets instead of putting Sicily on any medication. She has experience with living in other countries, so she was very comforting to talk to.

She also told us to ask for a health certificate from any care providers we may get outside of the U.S., since that is a common be a way to get TB.

We will miss her for these next two years, but we know exactly where to go when we are back in D.C.


Anonymous said...


My family and I will be arriving in India in a few months, so I'm really enjoying reading your blog! Your detailed reports about life there are very entertaining and enlightening. We have a 16 month old who needs shots, but I don't know where to get the list of recommended immunizations for toddlers. Did the doc that you mentioned in your blog tell you what she would need, or did you get the list from the state department?


Natalie Buda Smith said...

Congratulations on your move!

We got the list first from the State department and then reviewed it with our pediatrician. Our pediatrician in DC was also prepared to give us a list as well.

You can make an appointment with the State Department's medical office at Columbia Plaza in DC to get information and recommended shots.

Enjoy India and let me know how it goes.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your response and advice Natalie! I will contact the State Department's medical office for the list. Best wishes for all your diplolife pursuits.