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Vaccinations against malaria - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I would like to take my family to XXXXX on holiday in April. I have three boys aged,11, 7 and a baby who will be 8 months at departure. However i have just been informed that Malaria is a problem there. CAn babies be immunised against it? Will XXXXXXXX be high risk?
Doctor :   Hi Dr XXXXXX here
Doctor :   let me read your query
User :   Hi Dr XXXXXXXX.
Doctor :   there is no vaccination for malaria as of now
User :   oh dear so it would be better if we did'nt take him then
Doctor :   prophylactic precautions in the form of oral medicines can be taken before and after the travel
Doctor :   yes it would be better, depeding on the prevalence in the areas you visit
Doctor :   precautions against mosquito bites as using nets while sleeping and anti repellent creams will help
User :   mmmm from what i understand XXXXX isnt very big. I'm not sure how bad the Malaria situation is but i'd sooner not go if its going to put him at risk. I understand that with him being so small everything will affect him more than with us as his immune system is still developing.
User :   Dr if you had an 8 month old - would you take him with you?
Doctor :   yes, u can take him, and avoid areas with high mosquitos and using proper precautions as adviced earlier
Doctor :   since the hotels you stay would be sanitised and proper antimosquito steps taken, it would not be an issue
User :   Ok thank you very much
User :   thanks for your time and enjoy your night
Doctor :   but if you can leave him with some family member for a few days , then u can leave him there as well
Doctor :   i guess you have moved out of the chat window
Doctor :   please log back in if u have any medical query
Doctor :   bye for now
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