Travel Advice

More exotic holidays to far-flung parts of the world increases our exposure to malaria. As a result the number of cases of malaria in the UK is increasing. Malaria is caused by bites from mosquitoes infected with malaria parasites. When the mosquito bites, the parasites are injected into your body. Symptoms of malaria can develop any time from 8 days to a year after being bitten. Symptoms of malaria include a high temperature/fever (this may occur every 48 hours), generally feeling unwell, sweats and chills, muscle ache, headaches, cough and diarrhoea. Malaria can sometimes be fatal. For this reason it is very important to protect yourself against this risk. Our pharmacist prescribers are able to offer advice and write prescriptions where needed for any antimalarials that you may need for your holidays. For a very small price on top of the cost of your holiday you can give yourself protection. You will also need to check with your GP surgery that all of your vaccinations are up to date. Even when you take antimalarials it is important that you avoid mosquito bites as much as possible by using suitable repellents, nets, and avoid exposing limbs as much as possible.

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