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Malaria Protection for travellers

Travelling to Africa, Asia, or South America? Protect yourself against Malaria

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Basic Information

Infection Method

Malaria is a very serious disease, spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquito is active and will bite you at night time, from dusk to dawn. The highest burden of disease is found in Sub Saharan Africa, however many other tropical regions carry the risk of disease.


Symptoms usually start between 7-14 days after being infected, but can be longer.

Common Malaria symptoms include:

  • High Fever (sometimes occurring in 48 hour cycles including chills, shivering)
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

Risk Areas

Malaria is found in the tropics and subtropics, in equatorial areas. The areas at highest risk are Africa, Asia, and South America.

Additional Information

In many places, mosquitoes are quickly becoming immune to anti-malaria preparations. Global warming also means that malaria-carrying insects are spreading into cooler regions, so protection is more important than ever before.

Get Vaccinated & Travel Safely


Anti-Malaria Drugs

There is currently no vaccination against Malaria, but there are a number of ways to protect yourself, including anti-malarial medication.


There are several options available and the most suitable will depend upon your travel itinerary, length of stay, and current health. Make sure you speak to one of your expert travel nurses before you travel.

Length of Protection

Anti-malarial medication isn’t a vaccination so you’ll need to protect yourself against being bitten every time you visit a risk area. Malaria medication also needs to be taken from some days after leaving the risk area. Be sure to complete the course.

Minimize the risk

  • Use mosquito repellent on exposed skin between dusk and dawn
  • We recommend Deet 50% (purchase at our clinics)
  • Use a new, chemically impregnated mosquito net that covers your bed completely
  • Sleep in a room with mesh mosquito screens or keeps windows and shutters closed
  • Use air conditioning to deter mosquitoes.
  • Cover exposed skin with tight clothing.
  • Keep children and babies covered and protected from mosquito bites.

Dose & Price

(Adult): £3.50 per tablet
(Adult) 12 tablets: £42.00
(Child): £2.50 per tablet
(Child) 12 tablets: £30.00
Antibiotics 10 tablets: £10.00
Antibiotics 50 tablets: £40.00
Medication 8 tablets: £45.00
Avloclor (chloroquine): £25.00

Side Effects

Side effects vary depending upon the antimalarial precautions you take. Please speak to our expert travel nurses for further information.

Suggested Additional Vaccinations for Sub Saharan Africa & South American Destinations

You can enquire about these vaccinations over the phone or through the form when you book your malaria vaccination.

Hepatitis A



Yellow Fever


How soon before travelling should I should I contact you?

Ideally come and see us at least four weeks before you travel, especially if you also need injections against Rabies, Hepatitis B or Japanese Encephalitis. However we always encourage last minute travelers to see us. A course of malaria tablets can be started 24-48 hours before travel.



What if I’m travelling last minute?
We recommend you come and see us, even if you’ve left it as late as a day before you travel. We can still vaccinate you and we’ll also provide important health advice as well as Malaria Tablets if you need them.


Does immunisation hurt?
Not all vaccinations are delivered by needle. But whenever they are, we bring all our considerable expertise into play to make sure it hurts as little as possible. Modern needles are so fine they hurt a lot less than the old fashioned versions used to. You shouldn’t feel anything worse than a sharp prick.

What if I have an abnormal reaction?
We don’t just vaccinate you and abandon you! If you don’t feel well afterwards or experience an abnormal reaction, phone us or come straight back in and we’ll check you out.

Do you provide vaccination certificates?
We provide certificates for Meningitis and Yellow Fever Vaccinations. Certificates are essential visa requirement for travellers to certain countries in South America and Africa.

Will I get a vaccination record card?
Yes, and it’ll act as a record of the vaccinations you’ve been given. The cards include information about how long the vaccination is effective and your booster dates. If you already have a vaccination record card, bring it to your consultation so we can check your immunisation history.

Meet the Team

Dr Elizabeth Tuckey

MBBS, BA Philosophy

Kami Soltysik

Travel Nurse
BSc Nursing

Katy Peters

Clinical Director
BN (Hons), DipTM (LSHTM), Dip TM, MFTM

Dr Elizabeth Tuckey

MBBS, BA Philosophy

Kami Soltysik

Travel Nurse
BSc Nursing

Katy Peters

Clinical Director
BN (Hons), DipTM (LSHTM), Dip TM, MFTM


“Quick, friendly, and professional! I also loved the fact that the specialist gave me pricing options (as I had to take a few vaccines at once) and could answer all of my questions.”

Melia Lilembo Mazamba

“Quick, reliable, and well priced immunisation service. Highly recommend!”
Alex Karroum

“Good service – put my mind at ease. The nurse was very good and very knowledgeable so could answer all of my queries. Overall, very easy, quick, and friendly process. Would recommend.”