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Malaria Risk & Vaccination Information

What is the risk of malaria in Laos?

High Risk Areas - substantial risk throughout the country with the exception of Vientiane you will require one of these antimalarials: Atovaquone/Proguanil Generic, Malarone, Doxycycline or Lariam. Note that if you are travelling on the border areas with Myanmar(Bokeo and Louang Namtha Provinces) or Thailand (Champasak and Saravan provinces), there is resistance to Lariam and only Malarone or Doxycycline should be taken.

Low to No Risk Areas - If solely staying in the capital Vientiane.

Antimalarials are advised in Laos if visiting any at risk or high risk areas. Please remember to also follow the bite avoidance measures below in all areas. 

Please click HERE to see a Malaria map of Laos on fitfortravel (an NHS website). 

What Malaria prophylaxis do I need to prevent malaria in Laos?

If you don't already have a prescription from your Doctor for malaria medication, you can save precious time by using our online consultation service to order the suitable malaria medicines for this region by clicking on the following links. Any of the medicine listed can be recommended for malaria prevention in this region. If you already have a prescription for malaria medicine from your Family Doctor, then you can order the quantity on your prescription(s) on the following links. For Travelpharm will supply your prescription, once we receive it from you. When you place your order on one of the links below, please follow the instructions on where to send the prescription.

Atovaquone and Proguanil 250mg/100mg- Generic Alternative to Malarone
Malarone Tablets
Malarone Children's Tablets (for Children under 40kg weight)
Doxycycline Capsules
Lariam Tablets (Mefloquine 250mg)

Your online consultation will be reviewed by a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber registered in the UK with the General Pharmaceutical Council. There is a fee of £10 for each medicine consultation plus medicine costs, however we don't charge you a second fee if you are buying the same medication for more than one person. We only dispense genuine UK licensed medicines.

What else can I do to prevent malaria?

For more information and advice on how to prevent malaria, see our How To Avoid Insect & Mosquito Bites page.

What Vaccines do I need for Laos?

Below is a table designed to show you what vaccines are mandatory, recommended or ones to consider when visiting Laos:

Cholera Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Japanese Encephalitis Meningitis Rabies
Con Rec Con Con   Con


Tetanus Tick Borne Encephalitis Tuberculosis Typhoid Yellow Fever Certificate Yellow Fever Vaccine
Rec   Con Rec Req  

Man = Mandatory
Con = Consider
Rec = Recommended

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