Fairview Pharmacy

Malaria Prevention

Why book here for malaria prevention tablets?

Malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal, parasite infection passed on by bites from infected mosquitoes. It is common in many tropical countries, including most parts of Africa, Asia and South America.

The best way to protect yourself against malaria if you are visiting an at-risk country is to take antimalarial tablets, in addition to using the steps below to avoid being bitten. You can find out more about whether the country you’re visiting carries a high risk of malaria from the website below.

What am I booking?

This is a private (paid for) service from your Pharmacist for tablets for antimalarial tablets. Antimalarials are not available on the NHS.

Is this service right for me?

This service is for people aged 2-85 years. It is not suitable for you if:

–  You are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman.

–  You have severe liver or kidney problems.

–  You have any problems with your immune system.

–  You have taken steroid tablets in the last month.

If any of these apply to you, please contact your GP.

About malaria

There are four main types of malaria, depending on the type of parasite. In most cases the most serious is falciparum malaria, mostly caught in Africa. But all forms of malaria can cause serious illness.

Symptoms usually appear one to four weeks after a person has been bitten by an infected mosquito, but it can be much longer. They include:

–  Fever which often comes and goes in a cycle of a few days.

–  Headaches, muscle pains, tummy pains.

–  Cough and breathing problems.

–  In severe cases, confusion, collapse and liver failure.

About malaria prevention

Antimalarial tablets are recommended in any country where there is a significant risk of malaria. In many at-risk countries, there are several options for antimalarial tablets. Your Pharmacist can discuss the different options and help you decide which one is most suitable for you.

Antimalarial tablets are prescribed in courses, starting before you enter an affected area and continuing for (usually) four weeks after you return. Stopping the course early or missing doses reduces the protection they offer.

Taken as recommended, antimalarials offer good but not complete protection. So it is also essential to take steps to avoid being bitten. These include:

–  Effective insect repellents (DEET sprays are most effective – your Pharmacist can advise).

–  Using mosquito nets, room sprays and other anti-mosquito devices.

–  Covering arms and legs in the evenings.

How much will it cost?

The price you’ll be quoted is the starting price for your consultation and your antimalarial tablets for a two-week trip. Please note that the cost of treatment may vary, depending on the length of your trip and the medication you and your Pharmacist agree is best for you and your circumstances.

The cost of antimalarials for children may differ, depending on their age and circumstances.

Is this service available on the NHS?

Malaria prevention tablets are not available on the NHS.