Malaria

Malaria is spread by Infected Mosquitoes in most tropical regions. It is a serious illness often leading to high fevers, migraines and other flu like symptoms and in severe cases, can be fatal. There are no vaccinations, so we highly recommended that you take malaria tablets if you are travelling to an area at risk.

Tablets are the most effective method of protecting yourself against Malaria. Depending on the type of treatment you usually need to start taking the tablets a few dates before you travel continuing taking them throughout your travels and a few days after.
Taking tablets in conjunctions with other preventative methods provide excellent protection against Malaria. Usually between 90 – 100% protection.
We recommend antimalarial medication for all travellers to high risk countries. Most anti-malarial medications are safe for everyone including pregnant women. Please speak to your pharmacist for more advice.

Malarone

  • Duration
  • Cost
  • 1 to 7 day trip
  • £58.00
  • 8 to 14 day trip
  • £74.00
  • 15 to 21 day trip
  • £89.00
  • 22 to 28 day trip
  • £104.00
  • Longer Trips
  • Please Contact Us for Prices

For a weeklong trip (7 days) you will require 16 tablets. Recommended usage 2 days prior to the travelling, 7 days during your trip and 7 days after your return. Once a day medication.
Side Effect are usually mild and uncommon however can on occasion cause dizziness, headaches, stomach pain, nausea and or diarrhoea. Please speak to one of our travel experts for more information on this medication.

Doxycline

  • Duration
  • Cost
  • 1 to 7 day trip
  • £29.95
  • 8 to 14 day trip
  • £35.00
  • 15 to 21 day trip
  • £40.00
  • 22 to 28 day trip
  • £44.99
  • Longer Trips
  • Please Contact Us for Prices

Prescription only medication. You will be required to get a private prescription for this medication from your GP.
For a weeklong trip (7 days) recommended usage 1-2 days prior to the travelling, and during your trip. As prescribed.
Side Effect are usually mild and uncommon however can in some cases cause sore throat, nausea and or diarrhoea. Please speak to one of our travel experts for more information on this medication.
We do not recommend this form of medication if you are planning to conceive or are pregnant.

Atovaquone with Proguanil

  • Duration
  • Cost
  • 1 to 7 day trip
  • £39.00
  • 8 to 14 day trip
  • £54.00
  • 15 to 21 day trip
  • £70.99
  • 22 to 28 day trip
  • £88.00
  • Longer Trips
  • Please Contact Us for Prices

Generic version of Malarone.
For a weeklong trip (7 days) recommended usage 1-2 days prior to the travelling, and during your trip. Once a day medication.
Side Effect are usually mild and uncommon however can in some cases cause dizziness, headaches, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers and or coughing. Please speak to one of our travel experts for more information on this medication.
We do not recommend this form of medication if you are planning to conceive or are pregnant.

Malaria is found in the tropics and subtropics, in equatorial areas the riskiest areas being Africa, Asia and South America. You are most at risk from mosquito bites between dusk and dawn. Due to the effects of climate change in recent years malaria-carrying insects are spreading into cooler regions, hence protection against this deadly disease has become even more important.
We strongly recommend that if you travelling to a region where malaria is common you protect yourself.

Malaria Symptoms The symptoms tend to start 7 – 18 days after you’ve been bitten however in some cases symptoms can start almost a year later. Initially symptoms are flu-like, which includes a high temperature, headache, sweats and chills, sickness. Due to the nature of the symptoms diagnosis can be a little difficult however some versions of the disease involve four to eight hour fever cycles, where you keep going from hot to cold. Common malaria symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Pains
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

If you’re travelling to a place with a risk of the illness, malaria medication is one way to avoid it. You can minimise your exposure to infected mosquitoes using a number of different methods including mosquito repellents and ointments, mosquito nets, clothing to cover most of your body and using appropriate insecticides at night time.
Most important of all is to avoid being bitten by a mosquito.
Here are some of the things we would ask you to consider:

  • Sleep in a room with mosquito nets and special screens on windows
  • Keep the windows and door closed at all times
  • Use insecticides indoors at dusk to kill any insects that may have snuck in during the day
  • If you sleep outdoors or in a room without screens, use an impregnated net
  • Burn a mosquito coil or use an electrical repellent whilst you are asleep
  • Try and stay indoors after dusk
  • If you go out, cover exposed skin completely and use an insect repellent on any exposed skin
  • Diethyltoluamide (also known as DEET) works well, however we recommend you ask on of our specialists who will guide you on the right product for the area you are travelling to