Please read the important information on this page regarding anti-malaria tablets before placing your order.
- To find the malaria tablets recommended for the area you plan to visit please go to the NHS travel website,
- On this website click the maps to open your 'country page'.
- On the top of your 'country page' click the link labeled 'Malaria Map'.
- On the malaria map page check if you are going to areascoloured dark red (substantial malaria risk). If you are then return to your 'country page'.
- Your recommended tablets are at the bottom of your 'country page' under the heading 'Malaria precautions'. Make a note of ALL the recommended tablets. Please take all measures to ensure all of these steps are correct as it is critically important.
- People visiting multiple regions where different tablets are recommended must see their GP or a specialist travel adviser before ordering.
|What is Malaria?
||Malaria is a serious tropical disease that is spread by mosquitoes. If Malaria isn’t diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal. A single mosquito bite is all it takes for someone to become infected.
||It's important to be aware of the symptoms of malaria if you're planning to travel to areas where there's a high risk of disease. Please see details for which malaria medication to take depending on the location of your travels here
|Symptoms of Malaria
Symptoms of malaria will usually appear between 7 and 18 days after becoming infected, but in some cases the symptoms may not appear for up to a year, or rarely even longer.
- Sweats and chills
- Muscle Pain
|Avoiding mosquito bites
Mosquitoes can bite during any time of the day, however most bites will occur during the evening. To avoid these, try the following:
- Use insect repellent on exposed skin and under clothing.
- Using insecticide sprays, mosquito coils and heating insecticide impregnate tablets will reduce the risk of bites.
- Wear long-sleeved cloth and trousers to cover exposed skin when out at night.
- Where possible sleep in screened rooms and use a bug catcher/mosquito net, preferably one impregnated with insecticide.
- Ultrasound devices, garlic and Vitamin B DO NOT prevent mosquito bites.
|Taking anti-malaria tablets
There are specific instructions for taking anti-malaria medication. Please follow the guide line below:
- Take the correct medication for the area you are traveling to.
- Start your medication before entering a malaria area. This may be a few days, up to 10 days before travel.
- Medication must be taken absolutely regularly, preferably with or after a meal.
- Continue to take them for 4 weeks after leaving the malaria area. This period is reduced to 7 days for Malarone and atovaquone/proguanil.
- No anti-malaria medication is 100% effective.