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1. Posted by d.t.m (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

just about to go around s.e.a at the end of jan (MAL,THAI,LAOS,VIETNAM,CAM). dont fancy paying the nhs price tag for the malarone course of tablets. {cheap skate i know}. please advise of best place to pick them up else where! WE VISIT NZ AND AUS FIRST IF THAT HELPS. would it be stupid of me not to bother?:)

GENERAL ADVICE ON MALERIA PREVENSION WOULD BE GREAT.

THANKS GUYS:):):)

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 8y

Obviously it's always best to consult a doctor about these things, but i was advised to take malaria pills for Laos, cambodia and vietnam - Malaysia and Thailand are generally ok. I took doxycycline which is a lot cheaper than malerone and it was fine. I presume if you are in NZ you will be in Auckland at some point, so you could visit the travel doctor there which is on Queen Street in the centre of town, and get your doxy from there.

Malaria- carrying mosquitoes come out and night (especially dusk and dawn) but you should also take precautions against bites in the day too, as this is mainly when the dengue fever carrying mossies come out, and this disease is on the rise in SE Asia. Get some deet- based repellant; this can be bought cheaply in all SE Asian countries.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 7, 2008, at 10:15 AM by bex76 ]

3. Posted by d.t.m (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

thanks for that. are the tablets alot cheaper in those other countries?

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 8y

I'm not sure as I have never bought them in the Uk, but I would guess that NZ/OZ would be competitive. Just in case you don't know, it's best to get your Hep A and Typhoid jabs before you leave the Uk as you can get them free -in NZ you will have to pay.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 7, 2008, at 1:25 PM by bex76 ]

5. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

Quoting d.t.m

thanks for that. are the tablets alot cheaper in those other countries?

You'll find the pills alot cheaper in Asia but unless you take doxycycline it is preferable to start anti-malarials at least a week before you enter any malaria-endemic areas. And doxycycline is a prescription item since it's an antibiotic so you'll have to see a doctor whichever country you're getting them from - countries generally do not accept prescriptions from overseas.