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Travel Vaccinations for Malawi

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Malawi

A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.

Hepatitis A - Adult
From £93
Typhoid
From £60
Cholera (oral)
From £40
Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
Rabies
From £75
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50
There is a risk of Malaria in Malawi. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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Clear water in Malawi

Destination Information for Malawi

The geographically diverse country of Malawi is a great place to visit to sample something of everything Africa has to offer. From safari holidays and lion-spotting to white sandy beaches or thrilling water sports, this friendly and varied country makes an excellent tourist destination. The people of Malawi are welcoming and enthusiastic about visitors, and you’ll find yourself charmed by their vibrant and colorful personalities. Wherever you stay, you will meet the locals; you may even choose to stay overnight in a village to sample the culture, tradition and daily life first-hand.

Head to Blantyre, the thriving capital city to the south. Here there is a good range of hotels and restaurants, along with a lively street market culture. Close by is Zomba, the old colonial capital, with British colonial architecture, along with some amazing Indian food on offer. For beaches and superb swimming, visit Cape Maclear, a fishing village to the south of Lake Malawi and Africa’s third-largest lake; It has crystal clear water and pure sandy beaches, making it a tourist favorite. In the south of Malawi, Mt Mulanje and the Zomba Plateau are perfect for trekking and discovering some incredible wildlife.

There really is something for everyone in Malawi, from mountainous peaks to lush river valleys. The dry season, from May to July is the best time to go for a comfortable visit. After this, in October and November the weather can be very hot, but you’ll find better wildlife viewing available.

Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

Rift Valley fever

Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an acute, fever-causing viral disease that usually affects domesticated animals (such as cattle and sheep), but can also infect and cause illness in humans. The majority of human infections are caused by direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is primarily spread to humans either by infected ticks or animal blood. Human-to-human transmission can also occur resulting from close contact with the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of an infected person.

West Nile virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

African tick bite fever

Bacterial infection from bite from infected ticks. Most common between April-November and in rural, camping and hiking areas. Causes redness around site of bite and symptoms usually within 2 weeks, such as fever, muscle pain, headache and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Leishmaniasis

A parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (the most common): Causes skin lesions, mainly ulcers on exposed parts of the body, causing scars and serious disability. 90% of cases are in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis (the most dangerous): Causes enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and irregular bouts of fever. Highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucotaneous (the least common): Causes partial or total destruction of the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat. Most cases are found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis, also called bilharzia, is an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in fresh water in subtropical and tropical regions. Avoid swimming in fresh water rivers, streams and lakes if you can. You often don't have any symptoms at first, but after a few weeks may develop a rash, high temperature, cough, diarrhoea and joint pain. Schistosomiasis can usually be treated successfully with a short course of a medication that kills the worms.

Trypanosomiasis

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which is only found in rural Africa. Initial symptoms include severe headache, insomnia, enlarged lymph nodes, anaemia and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Additional Health Risks Information for Malawi

Most visits to Malawi are safe and trouble free. If you’re planning a trip here you should take the same level of care over your personal security as you would anywhere else in the world. Be particularly vigilant in crowded areas, areas popular with tourists and public transport hubs. Make use of your hotel safe for important documents and valuables, and avoid carrying these around with you. Avoid walking in quiet or unfamiliar areas, especially after dark. Driving in Malawi can be dangerous as roads and vehicles are often in poor condition, and driving standards are generally low. If you prefer to take a taxi, use a licensed one which your hotel or guide should be able to arrange for you.

During the rainy season, Cholera is a common occurrence. Drink only bottled water and be careful over food hygiene to reduce your risk of becoming ill. HIV/AIDS is extremely high within the general population of Malawi, much more so than elsewhere the world, so be careful to take the usual precautions to avoid exposure.

A Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged over 9 months arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Malaria is present consult a travel clinic for the necessary medication.

Malawi has a national healthcare service which is free to residents, however trained medical practitioners are in short supply. Resources may be limited, and tourists or other visitors to the country will be expected to pay for treatment up front, so ensure that you have travel insurance in place.

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