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Malaria tablets

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Malaria tablets

Is it necessary to take Malaria pills if you are only going to the beach for 7 days?

Thanks.

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1. Re: Malaria tablets

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Yes, absolutely, even if you were only there for 24 hours. . .

Richard

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Hi to be of any use, Malaria tabs need to be started some time BEFORE you enter a malarious country, the time depends on which tab you are taking. Full cover is not attained until the appropriate time is up. As Richard says, the time "in the country" is irrelevant, it only take a few seconds to become infected.

Ivan .

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3. Re: Malaria tablets

Yes, yes, yes . .

For 'expert' inforamtion, have a look at these websites

http://www.malariahotspots.co.uk/index.html

and

fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/…kenya.aspx

Nairobi, Kenya
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4. Re: Malaria tablets

Yes.

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YES- you see we all are saying the same thing- must be some truth to it you think, Seriously please take the pills and just be safe. Actually those who stay for shorter stays are more vulnerable due to no resistance to Maleria.

If you have seen your friends in such pain you would not question it at all.

Edited: 16 March 2010, 21:39
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That's another YES from me, go and see your GP/travel nurse and discuss it with them

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7. Re: Malaria tablets

Absolutely YES! and to continue them when you get home.

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8. Re: Malaria tablets

yes yes yes

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9. Re: Malaria tablets

Yes

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We spent 12 days there and we were so afraid of malaria before our trip that we did almost impossible to buy malaron before our trip there, cause you should start with tablets 1-2 days before the trip, and in Russia it's not possible to buy it at all, only lariam here. In Italy, where we bought it, it costs 56 euros. In Nairobi we bought another 2 packs (two times less expensive, by the way). And we were taking it regularly there and also after returning home. Also, first several days we put on us repellent, first usual one, what we found in Moscow's pharmacies, and then in Nairobi we bought very strong and quite expensive) . But frankly speaking, we almost haven't seen any mosquitoes there! Now I am thinking: was it worth to take it at all? Because chance of get bitten of malaric mosquito is so small, and plus any malaron doesn't provide you 100 % protection. Maybe it was worth just for your psychological comfort.

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