Which Malaria Medicine to use if Travelling to South-East Asia?

I’m worried about Malaria in Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia… I guess Thailand is safer than the others????. When you go those countries do you use some medicine? I have one but it just 12 tablets so not enough. I’m gonna stay more than a month. So where can I have malaria medicine? What can u give an information about that?

The health workers in my country told me Japanese Encephalitis medicine which I have no idea about. Should I really worry about malaria? Where can I get dengue vaccine or do I need it if I protect myself with fly repellents?

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    No issue about Malaria. 60 cases a year in Cambodia. Don’t waste anything on malaria tablets You should be more worried about dengue fever which is a virus with no way to cure it than malaria which is very rare in Asia and if you still would get it, there are known and very effective treatments available. And yes, use a mosquito repellant.

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    Good mosquito avoidance limits the risks but for Cambodia, I would still take antimalarials. It is not as rare as people think in Cambodia.

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    I went to this remote jungle in Malaysia and thought that I should take malaria prevention tablets. Doctors in Kuala Lumpur stared at me and one of them had to consult his senior to confirm the right dosage. Told me that he hasn’t been asked for the tablets in all his 10+ years of being a doctor. So, yes, it’s really rare these days.

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    Just came back from the pharmacy (in the UK), preparing for the trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Has anyone had the vaccine Japanese Encephalitis? They said it’s highly recommended (but charging £150!).

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      I had it years ago..and the booster as I was in rural Asia for many months…It is a rare disease but if you get it then the outlook isn’t good.

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        Of course, they’d say it’s highly recommended, means they’ll get £150 out of you! I personally didn’t get it, my GP didn’t say it was vital. Best thing to do is call up your surgery and ask to see the practice nurse/speak to someone about travel vaccinations.

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          The pharmacy probably was a Masta clinic as a general pharmacy won’t even give advice.

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            Thanks, guys. Booked an appointment with the nurse on Monday. Just concerned on timing as they said I need 2 shots 1 week apart and I’m aiming to fly to Vietnam in 10 days :/

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              I’ve heard you can get a one-off jab for £10 in some Bangkok clinics. The Vaccine is not approved yet in the UK but is used in many countries.

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                Best thing to do is speak with the nurse, she’ll advise you on what’s best.

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    I don t take the pills but not because of money. I have heard that the symptoms from the pills can be heavy, while they won’t prevent you from catching malaria.

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      There are some side effects for some people. I personally or none of my traveller friends have ever experienced any. Yet people have no qualms about taking mushroom shakes etc.

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