Travel Health
Travel Health

Malaria Prevention

Ireland continues to have of the highest incidence of imported malaria in Europe.
The right anti-malaria tablet provides good protection.
At MyClinic we prescribe two of the most common anti-malaria tablets on the market: Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil) and Doxycycline.
It is important to get advice about vaccines and other travel health issues from a GP or travel clinic before travelling.

Symptoms of malaria

Malaria symptoms start out similar to flu. Symptoms include fever, shivers, sweating, backache, joint pains, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea & confusion.

These symptoms may take a week or more to develop after you have been bitten by an infected mosquito.

You should seek medical advice if you get malaria symptoms for up to a year after exposure, even after taking anti-malarial tablets

Bite prevention

It is not possible to avoid mosquito bites completely but the less you are bitten, the less likely you are to get malaria. Simple steps to avoid being bitten include:

  • Staying somewhere with screening on doors and windows and making sure that doors and windows close properly.
  • Sleeping under an intact mosquito net that has been treated with insecticide.
  • Using insect repellent re-applied frequently. The most effective repellents contain diethyltoluamide (DEET), available in sprays, roll-ons, sticks and creams.
  • Wearing light, loose-fitting trousers, rather than shorts, and shirts with long sleeves. This is particularly important at dusk and at night when mosquitoes prefer to feed.

Garlic, vitamin B and ultrasound devices do not prevent mosquito bites.

The Region You Are Travelling To

If ordering from MyClinic, please consult the following information pages to make sure that your choice of Malarone (Atovaquone/proguanil) or Doxycycline is the best treatment for the country you are travelling to.

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