Just like your injections, you don’t want to leave your anti-malarials until the last minute.
A number of countries carry a risk of mosquito contracted malaria and tablets for the prevention of malaria are recommended and can be bought before you travel.
There are many different types of tablets, ranging from daily to weekly doses. Some courses of tablets need to be started before you travel so check with your GP with plenty of time. Ladies, please note that if you are taking doxycycline to prevent malaria, this may weaken the effect of contraceptive pills – something your GP may not have informed you about.
The cost of malaria tablets can vary greatly depending on which type of tablet you take and how long you travel for; your GP can advise you on what is best for you. For more info, check out the NHS Fit for Travel website.