Can I get a malaria vaccine before traveling?
Is it possible to take a vaccination for fever like malaria before traveling to Africa? I am HIV positive.
Answer: Winnie Sseruma
Thank you for your question. There are no effective malaria vaccines. Protection against malaria come from oral tablets that you start taking at least a week before you travel and continue taking while away. You need to go to a tropical disease centre or a travel clinic to find out whether you are traveling to a country or region where malaria prophylaxis is recommended.
However, you may need other vaccinations depending on where you are traveling to. Countries have different vaccination requirements for entry. In general, HIV people should avoid most live vaccines, unless your HIV doctor says it is safe for you, or unless the risk from not getting vaccinated outweigh the risk from using a live vaccine. Inactivated vaccines are not be a problem. If for instance you need a typhoid vaccine, an inactivated version of this vaccine should be provided, not the live vaccine.
For more information on vaccinations you may need to travel to different parts of the world please click here. Make sure you have a discussion with your HIV doctor about any vaccinations before you get them.