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Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 487
Trips Taken: 15
Countries Visited:

Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

August 12, 2013

 Do not take chances with malaria. Check with the CDC website. They have a map of malaria conditions click here. It shows malaria in all of Zimbabwe and Zambia, where VF is and in certain parts of South Africa. If in doubt go to your local travel clinic, MD or county medical officer. Malaria precautions should not be dictated by peoples opionions other than health care professionals. When we did UA we took anti-malarials with no side effect, as well as India.

Author: garyrr

Joined: 8/25/2012
Posts: 117
Trips Taken: 16
Countries Visited:

Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S Africa, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Peru, New Zealand, Greece, Turkey, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Ireland, Great Britain, Netherlands, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

Traveler Since: 2000

August 13, 2013

I agree totally!   Don't rely on "other travelers" for medical advice!  Go to the CDC website, consult a travel clinic, ask your Doctor.    The newer medications (eg Malarone and its generic equivalent) have far fewer side effects than were widely spoken of in the past (and, somehow still fill people's minds!).

(Also - why is this question posted under the "Tips for using our forums" topic??????)

Author: suepoor1234

Joined: 7/20/2011
Posts: 38
Trips Taken: 8
Countries Visited:

All the states except Hawaii; east and west Canada, all of Western Europe(except Iceland and Greenland); the Baltics and Scandanavia; Belarus, Poland, Ukraine; Russia; Turkey, Jordan and Israel; China, Mongolia, and Tibet; Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania; Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatamala, El Salvador; Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Argentina; Australia and New Zealand; Antarctica.

Traveler Since: 2007

August 13, 2013

There have been extended conversations per this topic on both this site and the OAT site.  I suggest you click on SEARCH (above) for information AFTER you go to the CDC site for official information.

Author: vlgpeople

Joined: 5/22/2013
Posts: 1
Trips Taken: 5
Traveler Since: 2004

August 14, 2013

CDC website is the best source as preventive meds change all the time for various countries.  When we took Ultimate Africa in 2006, we took malaria and typhoid meds, got vaccinated for hep A and got a polio booster.  We leave for Peru (Amazon) soon and got typhoid, yellow fever, hep A and will start malarone soon.  No side effects at all!  Better to be safe than sorry.  Safe travels!

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