Vaccines advised to ALL Malawi visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME Malawi visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

There is a risk of Malaria in Malawi. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

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.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British High Commission Lilongwe
Off Convention Drive, P.O. box 30042
Lilongwe 3
Malawi

Email:  bhclilongwe@fco.gov.uk
Enquiries Telephone: +265 1772400

Vaccine Information for Malawi

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Typhoid
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • Typhim Vi, single dose injection
  • Vivotif, 3 capsules
  • Viatim, single dose injection of Hepatitis A & Typhoid combined
Course
1 dose
Price
£60.00
Disease: Yellow Fever
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

Travellers to areas at risk may require a single dose injection of Stamaril. Nearly all affected countries require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination in the form of an International Certificate of Vaccination before they allow a traveller to enter. Failure to provide a valid certificate can lead to a traveller being quarantined, immunised or denied entry.

Course
1 dose
Price
£83.00
Disease: Cholera
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A course of two Dukoral tablets, which is administered orally.

Course
2 doses
Price
£40.00
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Rabies
Source: Animal to person
Vaccination Details

A course of three injections of the vaccine (Rabies BP or Rabipur) will cover against Rabies and is recommended. In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Course
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00
Disease: Malaria
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

There are a range of different anti-malarial tablets that will 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.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50%+Deet insect repellent
Disease: Chikungunya
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Filariasis
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: Leishmaniasis
Source: Sandfly
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +
Disease: Brucellosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid eating or drinking unpasteurized milk, cheese, or ice cream (including queso fresco)
Disease: Leptospirosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid swallowing flood waters or water from lakes, rivers, and swamps. Avoid wading in flooded areas, especially if you have any cuts or abrasions
Disease: Schistosomiasis
Source: Parasitic Flatworms in fresh water ponds, lakes, rivers and canals
Our Advice: Avoid swimming or wading in freshwater. Drink safe water
Disease: Trypanosomiasis
Source: Insects
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent

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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