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anti- malaria tablets really needed?

  • Jolinde

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    next month we will be traveling in North Laos and planning a trekking from Luang Prabang (tips?) We travel with our 4 (teenager) kids. Is it stupid not to take anti-malaria tablets?
    I prefer not to take them..someone experienced on this topic???

    #1 Posted: 22/6/2010 - 18:11

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  • somsai

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    In 07 I spent 5 months in rural laos with my wife an infant and 4 yr old, we took nothing. It was a decision based on conversations with medical professionals there in the country. Since then incidence has dropped further. Dengue, Cholera, Hepititis, AIDs, and Rabies are also present but I don't worry about them either.

    Personal choice I guess.

    #2 Posted: 22/6/2010 - 18:31

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    Some more information regarding pros and cons of malaria meds here. personally I'd go with the preventative approach (use repellant, mosquito net etc)

    #3 Posted: 23/6/2010 - 12:46

  • Rufus

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    I totally agree with Somsai. I have taken nothing for the 5 years I have lived here.

    #4 Posted: 25/6/2010 - 16:58

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