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Malaria Prophylaxis

PCPdirect  online service for malaria prophylaxis (prevention)

This service has been developed for use by adults only. For information regarding medication for children please contact us on 01827 702042. The service will assist travellers to determine the need for malaria prophylaxis for the countries they are visiting aswell as making informed decisions about purchasing malaria prophylaxis medication.

Who can use this service?

The service is available to all travellers requesting malaria prophylaxis. for personal advice and for information on childrens malaria prophylaxis please call 01827 702042 during shop hours.

How the service works

The following information is provided for you to help determine what malaria prophylaxis is appropriate for the country you are visiting. You will be able to select the appropriate medication from the list provided. Information will be provided to help you with your decision , however, if you are unsure then please contact us on 01827 702042  during shop hours.

Please note some malaria prophylaxis medication require a valid UK prescription. You will be advised which ones do during the purchase process. If you have already obtained a prescription from your GP you may still use this service. If you do not have a prescription you will be invited to an online consultation allowing you to purchase malaria prophylaxis subject to authorisation from our online GP.

What is malaria?

Malaria is a tropical disease passed on to humans by mosquitoes, and is present in over 100 countries. Around 2,000 cases of malaria are brought back into the UK each year from returning travellers.

Malaria is found throughout the world from South and Central America, Asia and Africa. It is most prevelent in countries where the climate is hot and humid, where there are poor preventative measures, treatments and medical supplies and where there is poor drainage of stagnant waters.

Malaria can be fatal and travellers are advised to take suitable precautions including malaria prophylaxis medication where appropriate, using good insect repellents containing DEET (e.g.Jungle Formula) and taking precautions to prevent insect bites. Almost two thirds of all cases of malari-related deaths occur amongst the poorest 20% of the world's population.

Malaria prophylaxis is available for specific areas of the world. Some areas have developed resistance to some of the older treatments. You should ensure that you select the correct treatments for the areas you are visiting . If you are unsure please contact us for the latest information.



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