Which are the best tablets to take against malaria in Kenya?
Is there a malaria vaccination?
I’ll answer your second question first—no, there does not yet exist a commercially available malaria vaccine. Currently, one promising vaccine candidate is undergoing Phase 3 clinical trials in children in sub-Saharan Africa; recently published preliminary findings suggest that it provides roughly 50% protection against malaria.
As for which tablets you should take, there are a number of options, and choosing between them is basically a matter of personal preference. The three main kinds recommended for sub-Saharan Africa are doxycycline, atovaquone/proguanil combination (sold under the brand name Malarone) and mefloquine (sold as Lariam). These three differ in how you take them (usually once a day for doxycycline and Malarone and once a week for Lariam), how expensive they are (doxycycline is the cheapest, Malarone the most expensive) and the side effects you might experience (sun sensitivity is a big problem for some people on doxycycline, some people report hallucinations on Lariam, whereas Malarone usually has the fewest severe side effects).
If you’re not sure what’s best for you, you can always talk it over with your doctor when asking for the prescription, and they might have recommendations, based on their knowledge of your health and specific requirements.
It is worth noting that levels of chloroquine resistance are very high in sub-Saharan Africa, and so chloroquine is not recommended as a prophylactic when travelling to this region.