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Bhutan, Asia

Malaria Risk & Vaccination Information for Bhutan

What is the risk of malaria in Bhutan?

Malaria risk is present throughout the year, in the southern belt comprising of Chukha, Geyleg-phug, Samchi, Samdrup Jonkhar and Shemgang.  This southern belt is along the border with India.

Please check HERE to see a malaria map of Bhutan on fitfortravel (a NHS website).

Whilst there is malaria present the risk is low and antimalarials should only be considered in travellers where malaria infections are likely to cause complications, these include:

  • those with long term medical conditions
  • the elderly
  • the immunocompromised
  • travellers without a spleen
  • long stay travellers


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

If malaria prophylaxis is recommended the following antimalarials are suggested:

› Atovaquone and Proguanil 250mg/100mg- Generic Alternative to Malarone

› Maloff Protect Tablets

› Malarone Tablets 

› Malarone Children's Tablets (for Children under 40kg weight)

› Doxycycline Capsules

› Lariam Tablets (Mefloquine 250mg)


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. 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.

Your online consultation will be reviewed by a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber registered in the UK with the General Pharmaceutical Council. We only dispense genuine UK licensed medicines.

 

How many malaria tablets should I order?

To help you fathom this impossible conundrum our clever pharmacist created a great calculator to help you work out how many tablets you need.  We have a calculator that will help you calculate the numbers of tablets required for:

Simply fill in the blanks with the details of your trip, and it will tell you how many tablets you need to order. Easy! 

 

So 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 Travel Vaccines do I need for Bhutan?

The following vaccines are either recommended or should be considered for travel to Bhutan.

Cholera

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Japanese Encephalitis

Meningitis

Rabies

Con

Rec

Con

          Con

 

Con

 

Tetanus

Tick Borne Encephalitis

 

Typhoid

 

Yellow Fever Vaccine

Rec

  

Rec

 

A certificate is needed if arriving from transmission risk country.

Man = Mandatory

Con = Consider

Rec = Recommended

Req = Required if visiting from an area with risk of transmission

 

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