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Malaria in Thailand....contradictory advice

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1. Posted by Nat (Budding Member 27 posts) 12y

hey,
has anyone got any advice about taking Malaria tablets when going to thailand i realise its only really necessary when going near the northern borders, (of which i will be close but not on, i.e. on the outskirts of the 'red zone') but iv had so much contradictory advice. Many have said they are cheap like £7 then when asking the pharmacy they said they would be £15 then the next dose very expensive!...and then the next pharmancy said dont bother.

anyone who has been and knows anything would be a great help...i leave tomorrow..oops!

cheers
N@

2. Posted by doom (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y

Our country isn't some kinda Amazon :D
I have a trip to forest several time and nothing happened (may that because i'm local so my body already has immuned for malaria)
If you're going to travelling in town like BKK Chiang Mai or Phuket, stay in hotel and have some trip that not getting to a deep forest....nothing have to be worried :-) Most of thing...don't let mosquitoes suck your blood.

By the ways...getting a malaria vaccine in thai's hospital is much cheaper.

3. Posted by .......... (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

to be effective, anti malarial tablets need to be taken at least a week before arriving in an infected area and must be taken for at least a month after leaving an infected area !!!!! so if your leaving today, youve left it too late mate ! oops . deaths from malaria are over 10, 000 per year in asia and that is not counting in asians who have some resistance.

4. Posted by kakakookoo (Full Member 15 posts) 12y

Like doom said, our country isn't the Amazon.

Foreigners often misunderstand that they'll get malaria coming to Thailand. This is a very rare case.

Many of my Thai friends are backpackers, and they travel to the forests all the time. They never take medicine nor do they get the malaria shot. And they come back alive and well.

If you are a foreigner and are extremely cautious. Well, then I think you should buy the medicine here in Bangkok. In Thailand, you can buy medicine in drug stores without the need for prescriptions. Medicine here is cheap. A lot cheaper than your countries, I bet. All you need is remembering the name of the medicine you need. Write it down, for it will be a lot easier to show it at the drug stores.

Good luck.

5. Posted by Simba (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

The replies so far are misleading. There are anti-malarials you can take just one day before entering an affected area. One such is Malarone (which is expensive & can't be bought anywhere in SE Asia). Some areas of Thailand are malarial. To find out what areas of Thailand requre caution just do a search on google. The results are very clear.