Venezuela South America
Venezuela, South America
Malaria Risk & Vaccination Information
What is the risk of malaria in Venezuela?
High Risk: If visiting the Amazon basin area of Venezuela, including Angel Falls and areas south of and including Orinoco river, risk is high and you will require one of the antimalarials, Malarone, Doxcycline or Lariam.
Low Risk: If visiting rural areas north of Orinoco river such as states of Apure, Monagas, Sucre and Zulia, you will require Paludrine/Avloclor (Proguanil and Chloroquine)
No Risk: Caraca, Margarita Island or day trips to Angel Falls- avoid mosquito bites.
For all areas adopt bite avoidance measures.
Please check HERE to see a malaria map of Venezuela on fitfortravel (a NHS website).
What Malaria prophylaxis do I need to prevent malaria in Venezuela?
You do not need a prescription to buy malaria medicine for the "At Risk" areas of Venezuela (see above)
You can order the suitable malaria medicine for these areas by clicking on the following links.
› Paludrine & Avloclor Tablets (Proguanil & Chloroquine)
We only dispense genuine UK licensed medicines.
Amazon Basin including Angel Falls and areas south of and including Orinoco River Only
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. 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.
Chikungunya virus infection in Caribbean islands and the Americas
This is a virus passed on by being bitten by infected mosquitos. The incubation period is typically 3–7 days and symptoms include acute onset of fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, conjunctivitis, nausea/vomiting, or rash. The symptoms usually go within 10 days but in some may last months especially the elderly and people with underlying health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
As this is a virus, there is no medication to prevent or treat the disease and anti-malarial tablets such as Chloroquine will not have an effect on it.
Bite avoidance measures should be taken and followed firmly to reduce the likelihood of being bitten.
The affected mosquitoes tend to bite during the day so wear long sleeved clothing and trousers wherever possible and ensure that a strong insect repellent is used and reapplied regularly, especially after swimming.
You should also sleep under a mosquito net and if you are staying for a long time or are unsure of the hotel/hostel, it would be advisable to take a battery operated or plug in mosquito killer for your room to kill any lingering mosquitos.
What Vaccines do I need for Venezuela?
Below is a table designed to show you what vaccines are mandatory, recommended or ones to consider when visiting Venezuela:
CholeraHepatitis AHepatitis BJapanese EncephalitisMeningitisRabies
TetanusTick Borne EncephalitisTuberculosisTyphoidYellow Fever CertificateYellow Fever Vaccine
Rec Con Rec
Man = Mandatory
Con = Consider
Rec = Recommended
Req = Required if visiting from area with risk of transmission
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