At Kennedy’s Pharmacy, we offer a Travel Vaccination Service which provides protection from a wide range of diseases, including Malaria Prophylaxis, alongside hepatitis, rabies and yellow fever. We will be able to recommend what type of protection is best for you and it will be provided in either tablet form or as a vaccine.
We provide vaccine certificates for all administered vaccines including Yellow Fever. For more information and advice for specific countries and protection please contact us by phone.
Making a Travel Service Appointment
Booking for this service is currently made by telephoning either of our pharmacies in Rasharkin or Dunloy.
At present Travel Vaccines are offered mainly in our Rasharkin pharmacy with our pharmacist, Cara Murdock who has completed specialist training in Travel Health.
You can also leave your details with the form at the bottom and Cara will be in touch to help or get started!
At your initial consultation, Cara will advise you on what you need to do in order to meet the requirements for safe travel to your particular destination, as well as General Travel Health Advice and self-care. It would also be helpful to have the following information for this appointment:
- Personal Details
- Country of destination plus travel itinerary
- Duration of travel
- Medication history
- Vaccination history
What is Malaria Prophylaxis?
Malaria is a serious parasite infection that is transmitted by the bite of female mosquitoes, which can cause fever, headache and, in severe cases, coma or death. Malaria symptoms can quickly become severe if effective treatment is not started quickly. Malaria Prophylaxis (malaria prevention tablets) can help to prevent contracting malaria if travelling to at risk areas.
There is currently no vaccination for malaria.
Malaria Tablets Details
Anti-malaria tablets can significantly help prevent malaria in high risk areas.
If you are travelling to an area with a risk of Malaria you may be recommended to take anti-malarial tablets to prevent you from becoming infected.
Be sure to also practice bite avoidance and use repellent and mosquito nets to increase your level of safety. There are a range of different anti-malarial tablets that can be prescribed to travellers based on several factors, including: destination, medical history, family history, current medications, previous problems with anti-malarial tablets, age and pregnancy.
Please consult with us for specific guidance.
Practice Insect Bite Avoidance
To minimise the risk of insect bites and reduce the chances of malaria transmission, consider these tips:
Use Mosquito Repellent: Apply insect repellent containing DEET or regularly and apply after SPF if wearing sun-cream too.
Wear Long Sleeves and Pants: Covering your body with long sleeves and trousers can provide a physical barrier against mosquito bites.
Choose Light-Coloured Clothing: Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours, so opt for light-coloured clothing to make yourself less appealing.
Stay Indoors during Peak Mosquito Hours: Mosquitoes are most active during dusk and dawn, so try to stay indoors during these times if possible although be aware they can bite at anytime throughout the day or night.
Use Mosquito Nets: Sleep under a bed net treated with insecticide, especially if you're in an area with a high risk of malaria.
- Be Mindful of Location: Try to stay in accommodations with air-conditioning, screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
Avoid Perfumes and Strong Scents: Fragrances can attract mosquitoes, so consider using unscented products.
Stay Informed: Be aware of the malaria risk in the specific region you are visiting and take appropriate precautions. It's best to seek guidance from travel health specialists such as those at Kennedy's Pharmacy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the risk of contracting malaria?
Typical symptoms of Malaria can often be described as 'flu-like' and include shivering, fever, joint pain, vomiting, and convulsions. The classic symptom of Malaria is a sudden coldness followed by fever and sweating.
In severe cases, Malaria can progress extremely rapidly, induce a coma and even death.
Please consult us for personalised advice and to address any specific concerns you may have. Stay safe and enjoy your journey without the worry of malaria.
What areas have a risk of Malaria Prophylaxis?
Malaria Prophylaxis is very common in certain parts of the world. It's found in tropical regions, including:
- Large areas of Africa and Asia
- Central and South America
- Dominican Republic and Haiti
- parts of the Middle East
- some Pacific islands
How far in advance of travel should I get my travel vaccine?
It is best to check with the pharmacist as to when your vaccine course should commence. It is best to contact Cara as soon as possible so that we can ensure you receive the best protection whilst you are travelling allowing you to concentrate on enjoying your trip.
Is there a cost for the travel vaccination service?
There is a cost for your initial consultation and any additional cost will depend on your individual situation. The pharmacist will be able to advise.
Do you provide vaccine certificates?
Yes, certificate provision for Yellow Fever about which you will be advised. Our pharmacy is an accredited Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.