Malaria is a tropical disease that is spread by mosquitoes. It is found in over one hundred countries, which is why it is very important to check whether the country you are visiting poses a risk of malaria. At the moment there isn’t a vaccination to protect travellers from contracting malaria, however tablets called “antimalarials” are available. These tablets are known to cause side effects, and as such, many travellers don’t bother to take them at all.
When Should I Take Anti-Malarials?
It is important to discuss this issue with your doctor. Whether you will need to take the tablets depends upon the country you are visiting and the time of year.
Some countries carry a low risk of malaria, in which case you will be advised to take preventive measures such as using insect repellent and mosquito nets. You will only need to take anti-malaria tablets if you are visiting a high-risk country or area. Anti-malaria tablets do not protect you completely, and there is still a small chance that somebody taking the tablets could catch the disease. However the anti-malarials will lower your risk of contracting malaria.
Malaria is a serious disease, which can prove fatal if not treated quickly. Anti-malaria tablets can cause side effects in some people, however minor side effects are far better than catching the disease. If you suffer with severe side effects then you will need to contact your doctor for advice.
Where Can I Get Anti-Malaria Tablets?
If you are travelling abroad to a country that poses a risk of malaria, it is important to seek advice from your doctor. They may suggest anti-malaria tablets or they may simply discuss how to implement preventative measures. Here at Broadgate GP, we provide patients in London with anti-malaria tablets, in addition to travel vaccinations. If you would like further information on our services then simply give us a call today!