We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kids,safari, and malaria pills

bury
Level Contributor
19 posts
1 review
Save Topic
Kids,safari, and malaria pills

We are taking our 2 kids ( aged 7 and 10) to Mombasa and probably on safari, arriving Kenya on December 29th for 2 weeks.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who has taken kids there. Particularly keen to get any advice regarding which is the most appropriatemedication.

Thanks

Tony

Mentioned in this post
Kenya
Kenya
Africa
Paul Safaris
City Tours, Multi-day Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Day Trips, Safaris
Jumbo Kenya Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours, Multi-day Tours, Safaris
Staffordshire
Level Contributor
798 posts
6 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Kids,safari, and malaria pills

Best to consult you family doctor or the Practice nurse as they will know your family medical history

nyc
Level Contributor
15,090 posts
Save Reply
2. Re: Kids,safari, and malaria pills

Do consult with your physician for the adults and pediatrician for the children.

Whether for malaria meds or other inoculations. The latter especially for the adults whose childhood jabs have long run out - such as Tetanus, Hep A and even Polio booster - good to be current even if never traveling. Those inoc your children had are mostly likely still good.

Malarone, the newest of the malaria meds, does have a child dosage, weight dependent, which I believe both of yours will meet.

Discuss all with the professionals.

Southampton, United...
Level Contributor
255 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Kids,safari, and malaria pills

hi we are going on fridayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. have 2 kids, gave them yellow fever jabs and have malerone, need to go to drs to check out what is required but suoerdrug travekl clinic is the cheapest by far . hope this helps.

New York
Level Contributor
3 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Kids,safari, and malaria pills

thomNewYork- I see that you're from New York. Which travel clinic did you go to?

Mentioned in this post
New York
New York
United States
Southampton, United...
Level Contributor
255 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Kids,safari, and malaria pills

Hi sorry to dissapoint i am from england.

nyc
Level Contributor
15,090 posts
Save Reply
6. Re: Kids,safari, and malaria pills

travelbs -

There are many travel clinics associated with major hospitals in the NY area; also check the Yellow Pages for listings... call a few for prices, as these tend to be expensive. YF inoc along can run from $150-$225, plus cost of office visit.

Unless you require a Yellow Fever inoculation which if only traveling to Kenya and no other African country, you don't need... your own doctor (assume you have) can give you the script for malaria meds. YF inoc can only be given by approved Travel Clinics or private physicians licensed to do so.

Your personal doc can also give you the recommended inoculations as Tetanus (DPT), Hep-A and Polio booster - all that adults should have for travel anywhere or even if never leaving home.... you should be current on inocs given as a child. Costs for these often less than if using a Travel Clinic if not included in your co-pay and all may even be covered by your insurance, including the malaria meds.

Good luck.

Mentioned in this post
Kenya
Kenya
Africa
Mtwapa, Kenya
Destination Expert
for Barcelona, Newcastle upon Tyne, Bamburi, Mtwapa
Level Contributor
16,175 posts
55 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Kids,safari, and malaria pills

thomNewYork,

I guessed you were from the UK from some of your questions, but it is a bit misleading having New York in your screen name and your location, unless you are from the New York just outside Newcastle, why not change your location to something more accurate.

(Some people seem to put the place they ask their first ever question or post their first ever review about as their location when they join which starts to look a bit strange if they are then posting on different forums years later)

Mentioned in this post
New York
New York
United States
bury
Level Contributor
19 posts
1 review
Save Reply
8. Re: Kids,safari, and malaria pills

Lucky you. hope you have a great trip. It would be good iif you find time to let me know how you get along.

Tony

Manchester, United...
Level Contributor
989 posts
92 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Kids,safari, and malaria pills

Just one point see if you can get the Malarone in liquid form, we had an ongoing battle with our grandchildren this year, they are only young but hated the taste of the Malarone tablets, we tried crushing them up, putting them into ice lollies, but to no avail, luckily they were ok but it was worrying.

London, United...
Level Contributor
2 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Kids,safari, and malaria pills

We're also taking our kids to Mombasa at New Year and probably to Tsavo Park on safari. Have just had them vaccinated against Yellow Fever, Hep A, Typhoid by injection (at least 10 days before travel) and been prescribed Malaria tablets by the nurse at local GP surgery. Same advice for adults, there is even some advice to consider taking against Cholera. Yellow Fever cost £45 each, others FOC. The malaria tablets which are worked out for the kids by weight are also not free and will work out over £100 for the family for a 7 day trip (which involves taking malaria tabsfrom day before you go, daily during the trip and for 7 days on return ie 15 days supply in all.

Hope this helps

Anne

Get answers to your questions about Mombasa
Recent Conversations