My son, 7 years old, took Mefloquine course for malaria prevention last year. We are travelling to INdia again this year. Does he and myself need to repeat the anti-malaria pills again this year?
Yes. You need to take anti-malarial preventative medication every time you go back to a malarial area. It is also important to continue taking the drug for the required amount of time before and after returning from your trip—in the case of mefloquine, you need to start taking it two weeks before you depart for the malarial area, and then continue you taking it for 4 weeks after you get back. This ensures that if you are exposed to malaria at the beginning or end of your trip, you are still adequately protected.
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